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I have noticed lately that a lot of homeowners still have plenty of Christmas Décor displayed on the exterior of their homes. I do understand that the weather sometimes prevents easy removal of Christmas lights and items maybe buried by the snow. However, if you are planning on selling your house anytime soon, remove as many decorations as possible and make sure that photos are not taken on angles that capture any decorations that were not able to be removed.
WHY? What's the big deal?
"Picture this"... your exterior photos have been taken for MLS- keep in mind that 98% of home buyers view your listing on the internet FIRST. The very first exterior photo that appears under your listing has a shot of your stunning Front Door (painted the perfect colour) with a Christmas wreath and some decorative urns with greenery, embellished with red shiny balls. Beautiful...Yes, appropriate...no! In a case like this, the potential buyer may automatically visually date your listing way back to the holiday season, and then wonder to themselves; what is wrong with this house if it's been on the market since December or maybe even early November.
Spring forward, and remove those excess Holiday decorations as soon as the opportunity presents itself!
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I can't tell you how many times I have gone to an appointment in the winter months and ended up almost falling before I got to the front door. Or if I made it, my pants were soaked from the amount of snow still left on the walkway. It's totally understandable that everyone is busy and that everyone may not have the resources to keep up with it. However, it’s very important for the home seller to get into the habit of preparing the driveway and walkway for visitors. So many times, I have driven by a house that is for sale, and the exterior condition is not safely prepared. I make a point of mentioning the importance of accessibility of the property at all times either lived in or Vacant. If the home is vacant I always suggest that the homeowner invests in some property management if they can’t maintain it themselves on a regular basis. If you have a good relationship with your neighbour, ask them to keep an eye on your property while you are unavailable. Keep a shovel and some deicer handy by the door and offer to pay an older child or teenager to keep the walkway and stairs clear and free of ice. Even though all of the landscaping is covered, it sets a nice tone for the visitor when they can pull into the driveway and walk freely to the front door. You want the potential buyer in a good mood when walking through the threshold, not a soggy one!