The Importance of Winter Curb Appeal

When buyers are house hunting, the first thing they typically view are pictures of your home. If these images interest them they may even take a drive past your property. Savvy sellers know that curb appeal is a key tool to finding a buyer more quickly, and Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks has some guidelines for sprucing up this viewing angle. Money spent on improving your home's exterior and landscaping is among the smartest investments prior to placing your home on the market. Here are a few ways to transform your home and capture the attention of potential buyers.


What Makes Curb Appeal Important to Buyers?

When buyers approach a well maintained home front it can help pave the way for a successful interior viewing. When a home's exterior and landscaping are well taken care of, people may feel that the interior will also be in good shape. Driveways and walkways that are well maintained and artfully presented greet potential buyers as soon as they step out of their vehicles, serving as a positive first impression.

Curb Appeal is Important in the Winter

Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves can be unattractive if allowed to affect landscaping and lawns. During the winter, when snow and ice might prove to be a problem, it is essential to maintain driveways and walkways carefully. Ensure that you consider this when selecting trees to plant near driveways, and keep leaves in check year round. To elevate your curb appeal during winter, keep windows washed and consider power washing decks, sidewalks and siding. 

Follow These Tips for Creating Curb Appeal

  • Ensure that the yard and landscaping is neat, tidy, and well-maintained. Choose options that flatter the home. Freshly pruned vegetation illustrates careful attention to detail.
  • Remove flowering plants that are past their prime. Trim back seasonal plants and remove wilted or fallen leaves. Keep up with mulch and position potted plants in an attractive style. 
  • Control growth of large trees to optimize light and safety of the home and surrounding buildings and property. Remove debris under trees daily, if needed.
  • Pay close attention to the front door and garage doors, including paint or stain condition and color, hardware and details. Consider adding seasonal decorations like a wreath or potted plants near the door. 
  • Assess and improve the driveway and walkways to and around the home.
  • Pressure wash the exterior of your home and ensure the gutters and roof are clean.
  • Ensure the lighting by doors and pathways is stylish and helps your home stand out day or evening.
  • Clean and repair windows and screens. Window treatments should be clean and in working order.
  • Check the condition of your decks and make improvements if needed. Create an inviting space on decks and patios by keeping them clean.
When listing a home, there are several things motivated sellers can do to improve the curb appeal of their home. By improving the exterior and landscaping around the home, the marketing images will look their best and potential buyers will appreciate the the effort. If selling your home is a goal, let Fran Campbell Team guide you through the process. Our team of professionals has the experience and resources to help you make the sale! Contact our office at (573) 302-2390.



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