Winter Curb Appeal Helps Sell Your DC Home

Real Estate Agent with Keller-Williams

Winter Curb AppealIt 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.

Rachel Valentino and her team at Valentino & Associates at Keller Williams are experts in buying and selling real estate in the Greater Washington, DC area. Contact Rachel's Team today for all of your real estate needs. Also ask about home-buying programs in DC that might help you out.


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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Rachel....BIGGER challenge for sure in DC (where my daughter may be moving soon) than here in California!  We are lucky and can add some "color spots" pretty much year round....but then there are those pesky earthquakes :-))!

Nov 14, 2011 01:19 PM #1
Catherine C Capasso
Catherine Cornelia Real Estate - Eastchester, NY
Cottage or Castle, What's Your Dream!
Winter is a difficult time to showcase curb appeal from Washington, D.C. north. The Northeast corridor is fraught with the lack of color challenge. A great way to add curb appeal is to focus on the main entry. Make it inviting. Also, use small accent lamps near front windows with warm white, soft, 40 watts or less bulbs. You would be surprised the atmosphere a simple 4 watt night light bulb in the proper fixture can create. The warm glow will make buyers want to come inside. This trick can be used in multiple rooms in the front.
Jan 12, 2013 11:03 PM #2
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"


Yes winter can take its toll on a properties appearance. All those tips help. My brother even goes as far as to shovel the snow in a neat and orderly fashion. His snow banks look surreal as they are as even as if they were a cement wall. Clean and neat. It's actually very pleasing to look at.

Jan 12, 2013 11:09 PM #3
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

I like the inviting and comfortable.... Very important...

Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM #4
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
If the front door area looks inviting such as seasonal plants in pots, it makes such a difference. Also open the window curtains just before the showing do one can look inside.
Jan 12, 2013 11:37 PM #5
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes


I love the idea of setting the mood for buyers!  We are fortunate in Dallas to have moderate winters and blooming plants that survive our temperatures, which makes it easier to have colorful pots of flowers all year long.

Jan 12, 2013 11:53 PM #6
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Funny that when I read the headline for your blog I had to put myself back into homes I'd lived in WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY north of here. We still have flowers in our yard.

Jan 13, 2013 12:03 AM #7
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Rachel~ Never thought about using vegetable and herb plants to "decorate" entryways, porches, decks and patios.  Smart thinking!

Jan 13, 2013 12:25 AM #8
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

So, that's how you do it during the winter months. I'm curious how many sales are closed during the winter months in your marketing area or do most sellers simply wait until springtime to sell?

Jan 13, 2013 02:26 AM #9
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Rachel, great post pointing out the challenges of curb appeal in the North in Winter.

Jan 13, 2013 07:12 PM #10
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Great tips for during the winter months to help give the home that extra little pop to make it stand out from the crowd. Excellent post

Jan 14, 2013 04:52 AM #11
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Rachel,

Great ideas! In winter, it is easier to see some of the plant matter to trim it up properly. The advantage of your idea of kale & such in containers is that you can go get some for lunch once in a while, instead of letting the leaves die off.

Jan 14, 2013 11:49 AM #12
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