Home staging winter curb appeal for our shorter, snowy or dreary days makes lighting important when selling a home – homebuyers don’t want to be surrounded by darkness when they arrive at your door. Outdoor lighting will add to winter curb appeal with an air of welcome, warmth, and accent unique features of your home or landscape, which can add value to your property. The exterior lighting will increase the safety around your home to avoid slip and falls from ice or missed step.
If selling a home during winter months it’s still important to keep deck and patios lit. Painting a picture for home buyers to envision the possibility of barbeques and entertaining family and friends in the sunnier months ahead is an important aspect of any outdoor setting and adds great value to your home.
Its easy to forget the exterior when we aren’t spending time outdoors, but our exteriors play an important role in home sales. Checking the following exterior areas will help in gaining a greater return on investment when it comes time to sell.
Home Staging Winter Curb Appeal
Repair split or decaying wood on the deck and be sure the wood is still sound.
Railings and banisters should be clean and secure.
Clean away any leaves and debris from porch, deck and patio, since these can be slippery and promote mildew.
Grills, ﬁre pits, chimneys create a warm and cozy deck atmosphere, but make sure they and the surrounding areas are clean and free of charred wood.
Be sure all spent light bulbs are replaced and working; clean any light covers to allow maximum light to shine through, and trim any plants or tree limbs that may be blocking light.
Remove cobweb and spider webs from entry way and overhangs.
Be sure to clean all outdoor furniture.
Ding, dong, don’t forget the doorbell, replace if broken or dated, clean if dirty.
If you have trees overhanging your deck, make certain there is no danger of decaying limbs breaking free and falling from trees surrounding the deck.
Now, the dreaded four letter word, you guessed it snow! Make sure the driveway is shoveled or plowed, sidewalks and walkways are free from debris (my neck of the woods its tumbleweeds, ugh) and de-iced.
Your welcome mat if tattered and worn will need to be replaced with a new welcome mat to create friendly, welcoming visual interest. Not to mention grab snow, mud and other dirt off the feet of homebuyers who will be visiting your house.
Home staging winter curb appeal if decorating for the holidays with outdoor lighting, should be kept simple. Clear or white lights tastefully strung and a simple wreath on the door, will be all that you’ll need. The architectural detail of the house should be the shining star when you are trying to appeal to the broadest range of potential homebuyers.