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Winter Curb Appeal Checklist


Posted by: Kris Kiser, President & CEO of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Here is a list of to-dos that can help sellers create a good first impression, even when the temperatures drop.

Focus on safety. Make sure buyers can safely get into your home by keeping the walkways, stairs and driveway clear of snow, ice and wet, slippery leaves. A snow thrower can make easy work of this tedious task.

Add birdfeeders. Create a natural, serene scene (and support pollinators at the same time) by installing a bird feeder or a bird garden. A blue jay or cardinal makes a striking image against a winter scene.

Showcase winter plants. Utilize evergreen and cold weather plants like holly, pansies and witch hazel in patio pots and flower beds to add life to the landscape. A live wintergreen wreath is also a nice touch.

Give the lawn some love. Keep leaves and debris cleared off the lawn. A carpet of dormant grass gives a better impression (and hint of what’s to come in spring) than dead leaves and twigs.

Clean gutters. Clean gutters and downspouts signal to potential buyers that your home is well-maintained. A leaf blower can be a handy tool for the job.

Prune shrubs & trees. Don’t wait until an ice or snowstorm hits to tend to the trees in your yard. Prune your plants, trees and shrubs now for a tidy look that will also keep branches from snapping off due to snow and ice.

Organize your outdoor power equipment. Store your outdoor power equipment neatly in the garage, declutter the space and give it a good clean. A tidy garage looks bigger and more inviting…and bigger!

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