Selling a house in winter can be tricky, but it’s far from impossible. If you make a good first impression, you can still attract buyers in the harsh winter cold. Landscaping can elevate your curb appeal and make your home look worthy of an offer. Here are some landscaping ideas for selling your house this winter.
Top off the Mulch in Your Garden Beds
Mulch feeds your plants and keeps weeds at bay, so mulch top-off in the winter may seem a little silly. However, having a nice looking mulch bed can make your landscaping look well cared for, even in the winter months. The mulch also adds color and character to the landscaping when plants aren’t in bloom. Placing a few fresh bags on top can make a world of difference for curb appeal.
Add Hardy Plants That Thrive in the Winter
Most plants go dormant in the winter, but not all of them. You could add some seasonal plants to your garden in the winter to make your property look its best. Berns Landscaping would be happy to create a custom landscape design that wows buyers and accentuates your home’s best features.
Use Simple, Neutral Winter Décor to Liven up Your Curb Appeal
If you’re going to add holiday lights or other winter décor to your yard, keep it simple and elegant. You could add lights along the roofline or yard perimeter to show off certain property features. Avoid any décor that looks cluttered, personalized, or over-the-top. This may suit your personal style, but it could reduce your potential pool of buyers.
Rake Leaves before the Winter Snow
A well-raked yard looks clean and inviting. The grass may not be vibrantly green in the winter, but that doesn’t mean it should be caked in leaves. It’s best to rake leaves before the winter snow hits so the piles are light and easy to carry. Check out our tips for How to Rake a Yard Fast.
Shovel Your Patio, Driveway and Walkways
If your property is a blanket of snow, buyers can’t distinguish its unique features. Your back patio may be a selling point in the summer, but it loses its luster in the winter months. It’s important to shovel your driveway, walkways and patio so buyers can see the hardscaping. This also shows buyers that you care for your property, and it gives them clear areas to walk for viewings.
Stage the Backyard for Showings, Even If You’re Not Using It
Hauling your patio furniture out in the middle of winter sounds like a chore, but it could boost your sales potential. Exterior home staging is just as important as interior staging. After you shove your patio or porch, put some furniture and planters out to make the space look welcoming. This will help buyers visualize themselves living there in the winter.
Avoid Making Footprints in the Yard
Yes, we’re telling you not to walk through your yard. A fresh blanket of snow can look just as beautiful as rich green grass in the spring. If there are footprints all over the snow, it takes away from that visual affect. Some footprints may be inevitable, but try to keep them to a minimum.
Get Professional Fall and Winter Landscaping Cleanup from Berns Landscaping
Berns Landscaping has comprehensive landscaping solutions for every season. This includes fall cleanup and winter landscaping. Let us know you’re trying to sell your home, and we’ll make it look perfect for your open house. Call (586) 756-1145 to learn more about our winter landscaping services.