It is possible to sell your DC home during the winter months, and creating winter curb appeal is one great strategy. Unlike the warmer months, you can’t fill your yard with blooming flowers and wicker chairs, but there are lots of other ways to make a potential homebuyer want to see more.
First, make sure everything is in good repair. Check your deck for any loose boards—you don’t want potential buyers getting hurt. Clean and seal the deck if needed.
Walk around the house and get rid of the annuals or other plants that have died off, and cut back other plants to remove dead foliage. If any plants happen to still be blooming, trim away dead leaves to make them more attractive.
Next check out the Internet or visit a nursery in your DC neighborhood to find plants that will thrive in your particular yard. Kale and ornamental cabbage are very pretty and can survive colder days and nights. If you live in a warmer area, primroses are great for a little winter yard color.
Consider putting seasonal plants in pretty containers. Then you can place them wherever they’ll look best for a showing—out front, on the deck, or on the patio. Some vegetables and herbs can stand cool weather and also look good in decorated pots. These include kale, mustard, and Chinese cabbage but there are many more you can find.
If it snows where you live, there are still ways to jazz up your outdoor space. Lights can sparkle up a deck rail, tree, or doorway in any season. Or wrap them around pretty pots and line your driveway with them. Put ornaments in hanging pots or luminaries around a tree. Decorative wind chimes will make music no matter what the temperature and look lovely glittering in the sun. Even if you don’t get snow, these are still great ways to liven up the exterior of your home, especially if you are selling.
In the end, it’s about making your home feel inviting and comfortable. Setting the mood on the outside will give buyers a great first impression that stays with them as they walk through the inside and picture your DC, Maryland or Virginia home as their own.
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