With fewer homes on the market and also fewer buyers this time of year, here are 6 easy ways homeowners can create winter curb appeal in Northern Colorado. Life happens, and the need to sell in the snowy months along the Front Range of Colorado should present an opportunity, not a hindrance. Here are six ways to enhance curb appeal in the winter months that will show off your home and beat the other listing competition and get yours sold.
Drive up to your house and pause out front a couple of different times of a day. Look at the curb appeal of your home through the eyes of your buyer. Is the paint on the front door still clean and not chipped? Toys and snow shovels put away? All outside lights working? On average, if a buyer doesn’t like the outside of your home in 10 seconds, they will drive by and not look at the inside, no matter how wonderfully updated, decorated and beautiful a home it might be. One benefit of listing in the winter is that there is less competition from other sellers in your price range.
1) Make sure the front walk is shoveled every snowstorm that frequents the Northern Colorado Region. You want to make it safe (and easy) for all buyers to get to the front door and look inside. You don’t know when the buyer for your home will want to see it.
2) Place large decorative pots on the front porch with an evergreen or another bright winter plant that look great in the winter. Look for deals by shopping at nurseries and home improvement stores during this time of year.
3) Place a ‘Welcome’ mat as large as your entry door and ‘Welcome’ sign at the door.
4) Paint a bright contrasting color such as a shade of red on your front door. This will catch the eye of your potential buyer and stand out even on the grayest day in Northern Colorado. The 3 main colors recommended for the front door are red, yellow and purple.
5) Trim back overgrown trees near the house and replace the mulch or spruce up the rocks when possible. Thinning out barren and overbearing trees and bushes will not only increase curb appeal, but also increase natural light indoors.
6) Open the drapes or blinds and turn on the outdoor and indoor lights to be ready for last minute showings. Speaking of last minute shows, check our my blog on accommodating a last minute "We Gotta Show It NOW" request. If you work long hours, consider putting lights on a timer to go on before or just after the sunsets so your house is well lit for a drive by of a Northern Colorado Realtor and potential buyers.
If you would like more extensive information about selling your home in Fort Collins, Loveland, Timnath, Severance, Wellington, Windsor, or any other nearby urban or rural Northern Colorado areas, please give me a call at 970-412-1657 or contact us here.