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Winter Tricks for Home-Selling

Preparing a home for selling during the warmer months can seem a daunting task due to the amount of maintenance one possibly needs to perform on the outside in order for it to look its best. Mowing lawns, raking leaves, and picking up sticks are just the beginning, and soon you can find yourself planting a garden, trimming hedges, and building raised beds all so that the yard looks as appealing as possible.

During the winter, these sorts of actions are not as necessary.

This can lead one to think that preparing the outside of a home for sale during the winter months is a simple process, one that almost takes care of itself. And, while it is true that there are far less considerations to hold around the shrubbery and lawn when everything is covered in ice and snow, it is a mistake to assume that the outside is fine as-is.

First off, there is the issue of safety. Ensuring that your walkways are clear of slick patches is essential, especially as you near the date of your open house or private showings. For this, shovels, dirt, ash, and salt are your best friends. Also worthwhile is setting up some sort of mat in your entryway so that people entering the home can clean off their shoes before tromping across the floors. Few things are as unattractive as streaks of salt and ice melt tracking through a home.

Regarding the yard, while you are off the hook when it comes to pruning, trimming, mowing, and gardening, the fact is that you do still have a yard. This means there are still things that can be done to make the outside of the home more attractive. If there’s a back patio, shovel it off. A walkway between the garage and the home? Shovel it! If you’ve got a particularly attractive row of bushes that is now covered in snow, there’s no crime in going to knock some of that snow onto the ground and allowing the natural beauty to remain unhidden.

Finally, the winter light can be tricky when it comes to taking pictures of the home. Longer nights and cloudier days can pose significant challenges to capturing both the inside and outside of your home in a way that makes it look like anything other than a cave. Take advantage of any sunlight for the purpose of photographs. Open your blinds, turn on the inside lights, and try to wait until the sun is at its maximum brightness before capturing the images that will be used in the listing.

These wintery tips should help get you through the winter and sell your home without as much hassle.

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