Seasonal Tricks To Sell Your Home

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Our focus this month is on curb appeal.  When Googling ‘Curb Appeal’ you get about 17,900,000 results (as of May 9, 2014)!  There is a lot written about curb appeal and the reason is because it is so important!  First impressions are lasting ones. The trick is to appeal to many buyers – in any season.

Winter Tricks

If you are selling your home in winter, ensure that the driveway and sidewalks are shoveled.  If it is around Christmas time, make sure your lights and decorations are not overdone.  A front yard completely full of inflatable snowmen and Santa – say it with me, “No”.

A great way for your home to stand out is to have your front door in a great colour (read our post about front doors here).  A red door definitely stands out (but not to be used on every home).  That being said, a little bit of red will help warm things up.

As there is less daylight in the winter, ensure that your outdoor lights have been updated/modernized and have working light bulbs.

Winter Curb Appeal

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Spring Trick

Spring can actually be a tricky time to work on your curb appeal.  It’s not necessarily warm enough for anything to grow yet for many, the snow is melting and leaving things looking a little rough.  Ensure that you remove any winter/Christmas decorations (and yes, I am writing this in as I have seen my fair share of decorations being left out WAY past the Christmas holiday season).  One easy way to help with the curb appeal is to ensure flowerbeds have been cleared.  If you can, power rake the grass to get rid of all the dead grass.

Spring Flowerbed Clean Up

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Summer Tricks

The sun is shining, the weather is warm (and hot).  It will be important to ensure your lawn is watered and looking in great shape.  Nothing looks worse than weedy, brown grass.  One way to add a splash of color that is relatively inexpensive, is to add flowers.  If you have room, creating a nice border along the side of a sidewalk turns a ho-hum looking yard to a WOW yard.  Flowerpots are also a great way to add colour without having to create new flowerbeds.

Flower pots

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Fall Tricks

Fall can be a very beautiful time of year.  Fall also happens to be a season with more yard maintenance when you are trying to sell your home.  If you have trees, make sure leaves are raked frequently.  Having a yard full of leaves will scream ‘way too much work’.  Make sure to go through your flower gardens and trim away dead flowers and tidy up the beds.  One way to spruce things up it to utilize your summer flowerpots to continue to add colour that will attract and catch the eye of a potential buyer.

Fall Curb Appeal

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It’s unfortunate, but people make judgments all the time.   You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?  Think of your home this way:  the outside of your home is your book jacket.   Would you pick it up and buy it?

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  1. on 15.05.2014
    at 3:53 AM

    i really like your tricks. good way to ask for more money.

    • on 19.05.2014
      at 9:34 PM

      Thanks Adam! I appreciate the comment.

  2. on 18.06.2014
    at 1:28 PM

    Great tricks..sounds like you have lot of experience in real estate and people’s minds. That is definitely mind blowing. I am gonna bookmark this post for the time when I’ll be selling my home.

    Thanks a lot.

    • on 22.06.2014
      at 2:10 PM

      Thanks Gurjit. Glad we can possible help out with these tips when it comes time to sell your home. ~Sheri

  3. on 06.11.2014
    at 12:02 PM

    Great trip that you describe.

    Your article is so good , really appreciate to that article!

  4. on 24.12.2014
    at 12:12 PM

    Nice Article… Thanks a lot. I am loved the point about over decoration of home. I really agree with this. When its about Home, Every small thing matters.

    • on 24.12.2014
      at 4:15 PM

      Thanks for your comments Avin. Over decoration can, at times, not make the greatest first impression. I hope you’ve had a great day! ~Sheri

  5. on 16.01.2015
    at 11:28 AM

    thanks for sharing. god bless you always

  6. on 25.02.2015
    at 9:48 AM

    Thank you for this information Sheri,

    Curb appeal is so very important. It is amazing how much more appealing a home is when the curb appeal is improved upon. My good friend is in real estate and he told me making the lawn and the landscaping look good dramatically raises the price at which his homes sell for. Anyway Sheri great article I appreciate your hard work.

    • on 25.02.2015
      at 11:08 AM

      Hi Jess,
      First of all, thank you for the comments and stopping by my blog. I really do appreciate that! It really is amazing how the outside can speak volumes about the state of a home (on the inside). Nothing nicer than seeing a healthy lawn (showing pride of ownership). I hope you’re having a great day today. ~Sheri

  7. on 04.04.2015
    at 11:43 AM

    Curb appeal is very important especially if you’re trying to sell your home. Lawn aeration and making sure your sprinker start ups and sprinkler blow outs are performed correctly ar very important services which should not be over looked. Hire professionals to perform these services to keep your property looking great.

    • on 06.04.2015
      at 11:51 AM

      I couldn’t agree more Gary. Since we have underground sprinklers ourselves, I know how important it is to ensure they are blown out in the fall. We also have take advantage of the ‘start up’ package in the spring as well. Nothing like leaving it to the professionals to ensure it’s done properly!

  8. on 29.04.2015
    at 5:05 AM

    This is a good idea to sell the home at the appropriate season, and I also learned how to take care of the garden painting and place around my home. It is truly unique and makes homes more beautiful.
    I can take care of gardening to save money without having to hire a gardener 🙂

    • on 29.04.2015
      at 7:23 AM

      That’s great Calvin. Glad to hear that you can take care of your gardening. ~Sheri

  9. on 11.10.2015
    at 4:49 PM

    Thanks for the info sheri, winter time can sure be the toughest on my lawn and work that I put on it lol.

    • on 12.10.2015
      at 12:59 PM

      You’re welcome! ~Sheri

  10. on 29.12.2015
    at 6:38 AM

    These are very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!

    • on 29.12.2015
      at 9:15 AM

      You are welcome!

  11. on 13.06.2016
    at 2:47 PM

    Your on the right track.

  12. on 14.09.2016
    at 1:22 PM

    thanks guys for sharing this information to the world

  13. on 15.09.2016
    at 9:55 PM

    Thanks Sheri for the simple, fast and easy post! I am a home lover, lawn mowing, man married to a woman who loves the decor! I was happy to see a shout to green grass and she was happy to see the fun decor on the outside. So much is stressed about the inside, which works, but this is $20 that can make the world of difference!

    Thanks!!!

    • on 16.09.2016
      at 1:41 PM

      I totally agree Brian!

  14. on 05.10.2016
    at 6:50 PM

    Great Tips and Great Article. It is amazing the difference a little landscaping makes on anyone’s property.

  15. on 03.11.2016
    at 2:14 AM

    Great informative post. This is so interesting and very effective article. You have done an excellent job. Thanks for the shearing.

  16. on 12.01.2017
    at 7:38 AM

    I cannot get over the difference in the summer before and after photos, such subtle changes but really perks the property up! Some really excellent tips, especially for winter when (with the lack of snow in the the UK) the festive season ends up looking rather grey and bleak…not a great time of year to entice people to your home!

  17. on 15.01.2017
    at 5:51 PM

    Sheri, this is a great post – I wish more homeowners knew about small things like these… but most don’t. There’s been many instances where our customers have asked for suggestions on the presence of their yard, I always recommend simply cleaning up flower beds and adding a few plants here and there. Great blog by the way – keep up the great work!

    • on 16.01.2017
      at 7:06 AM

      Thank you Kristian!

      • on 19.01.2017
        at 6:00 PM

        Hey Sheri – should you ever want an article on your site about residential property maintenance, lawn care, etc., we have extensive knowledge on the subject and a writer who could produce a great post. If you’re interested, just shoot us an email. Cheers!

  18. on 21.01.2017
    at 11:12 PM

    This is Really great post i really like to read this its all about the facts of great post Thanks for sharing great information.

  19. on 26.01.2017
    at 8:03 AM

    I like your post very much. I am very excited to get this type of content with pictures. You have told that is absolutely true.
    I think it will be most valuable for all and amazing to all. Thanks for the shearing..

  20. on 01.02.2017
    at 7:21 AM

    You’ve added some great color to make these tips stand out. My only adage is, if a home owner wants to do their own yard work, they should really look up the project on youtube first.
    As a lawn and garden professional who has come into the yard after many a home owner has made an attempt at tree pruning or hedge trimming, I have seen many butchered plants. These plants look horrible until they grow back, if they grow back at all, and not usually in time for the sale. From my experience, a butchered tree or hedge will have a dramatic impact on the sale.
    Homeowners should take a few minutes to do some home work and know what you are getting into and what tools are needed (all tools can be rented if needed) and what the finished results should be. It will save a HUGE amount of stress of doing a job incorrectly.
    On the other hand, compared to the sale of the home, hiring a couple of pros to help get things in order for the sale is a small price to pay compared to the price of correcting any problems that may arise from a DY project.

    • on 01.02.2017
      at 7:38 AM

      I agree, agree, agree! Thanks for your comments.

  21. on 15.02.2017
    at 2:22 PM

    Thanks for this great blog. Great info and the comments are fun to read.

  22. on 16.02.2017
    at 11:54 AM

    Thanks for the tips. I have invested in some timer outdoor lights(since I travel often) and did away with blow up snow man(lol). Just keeping it simple with lights decorating the trees in the front yard.

  23. on 17.02.2017
    at 6:56 AM

    These are some great tips, and are often overlooked. I do a lot of work for several real estate agents and their Investment Clients and they all seem to use the advice you give here. The other thing that you missed and I thgik is VERY IMPORTANT is trimming of trees. Tree’s on or around the property definately add value and appeal to a property, but poorly or Unmaintained tree’s can hurt. So i would have a professional trim tree’s so that they are health and safe, the expense is worth it.

  24. on 22.02.2017
    at 7:36 AM

    Great article. It is amazing how with not too money you can change a house’s curb appeal and increase the chances of it being sold. As a landscaper I always tell my customers this.

  25. on 22.02.2017
    at 7:45 AM

    Good article on sprucing up your house. Considering selling my house and this gave me a few ideas to help me without breaking the bank.

    • on 25.02.2017
      at 5:03 AM

      Perfect. All the best in selling!

  26. on 28.02.2017
    at 4:27 AM

    As the owner of a tree and landscaping company, we have several real estate clients that we do work for all use the methods that you describe here. The one thing that I’ve found that they ALWAYS do is make sure that any tree’s on the property and properly pruned and maintained.

  27. on 02.03.2017
    at 9:44 AM

    Good article. I am a landscaper in Michigan and a lot of these points I tell my clients about. Many of these tips are not really that expensive either and can really make a big difference to the curb appeal of a home. Thanks.

  28. on 13.03.2017
    at 2:42 PM

    This is Really Amazing great Blog i really like to Read this its all about the facts of great Information Thanks for sharing great Post.

  29. on 15.03.2017
    at 3:36 PM

    I came across this article doing some research for my website’s blog and just wanted to say you gave some great advice. Simple things that don’t cost a lot of time or money can go a long way when it comes to selling your home!

    • on 19.03.2017
      at 2:43 PM

      Thanks so much!

  30. on 19.03.2017
    at 11:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing this nice idea…

  31. on 01.04.2017
    at 8:20 PM

    I agree, agree, agree! Your article is so good , really appreciate to that article!

  32. on 21.04.2017
    at 6:30 AM

    These are the important tricks to sell home. These are really impact on me. Thanks for sharing this great information.

  33. on 05.05.2017
    at 2:51 AM

    Great tips and trick blog. thanks for sharing

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