Curb Appeal in the Winter
Besides having the best buyers market of the year, many sellers list their home in the summer to take advantage of how colorful and nice looking the yard and landscape can be. Most yards need some weeding, watering, and a weekly lawn mowing in the warm seasons to look welcoming, but the colorful, blooming flowers in your yard takes care of the rest. While a well-groomed yard doesn't just happen on its own, it is relatively easy to make your yard look welcoming even in the winter months.
One of the causes in fall that creates some hassle to a home owner who's trying to sell their home during fall months is the falling leaves. Though they are beautiful, fallen coloured leaves can be bad for your lawn, look messy when they start to break down, and can be slippery on walkways and stairs. Fallen leaves also tend to clog your gutters and downspouts.
- When you begin your leaf clean up, start from the top down so that you can clean up the mess as you make it. Start with the gutters on your house, cleaning all the leaves out so that rain can flow easily and not pour off the sides of your house. Next clean the walkways and stairs around your home so that the decaying leaves don't create a slipping hazard. Finally, clean the leaves off your lawn so that the winter sun can reach the grass, because leaves on your lawn can create fungal growth.
Be sure to remove any dead plants from your flower or vegetable garden too; an abundance of decaying plant-life can make your yard look messy and decayed. Clean up the stray branches and sticks lying around the yard as well. A lot of the yard waste that you clean up can go into your compost bin, but make sure that you don't add anything that is diseased or has seed pods that you don't want sprouting in your compost in the spring. Plus you don't want anything in your compost pile that can put off a bad smell. Don't prune any bushes or trees at this time unless specified for that particular species; early pruning can encourage new growth in some plants which will be damaged when it gets too cold.
Beautiful landscapes don't just happen but in the fall and winter it can take a lot of work. But while a beautiful summer yard might seem ideal for selling your home, it isn't hard to maintain your yard so that it looks inviting to buyers in the fall as well.
For tips on staging your particular Wenatchee Home, inside and out, feel free to contact us anytime. Our agents would love to walk through your home with a selling strategy that will work for you.