Adding Curb Appeal to a Winter Listing | Knoxville Real Estate Photographer

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This winter has been a little wonky compared to most, but still… it’s COLD outside. While winter may not be the choice time to put a house on the market, I know many sellers don’t have the option to hold out a little longer for spring.Here are some of my top ideas to really get that curb appeal working for you in your professional real estate photos.

Clean up the Driveway and Exterior

Keep all debris and leaves off of the driveway and put away EVERYTHING. Remind your seller that potential buyers need to picture themselves in the home, that means no tools, empty plant pots or children’s play equipment should be left sitting around outside.

Neaten up the Lawn

The home may not have the bright green spring lawn of the buyers dreams right now, but nobody else does either. Make sure leaves and debris are raked and grass is still short and neat.

Paint the Front Door

Of course, the house paint should be in good shape, since it will be showing through all of the bare winter trees; painting just the front door with a couple of coats of beautiful high-gloss paint can do wonders for curb appeal. Add some beautiful and substantial new hardware on the door and you would be surprised the first impression it will leave on potential buyers.

Green it Up

Evergreen plant varieties in pots can stand in for empty deciduous branches and can even be planted and mulched in the winter to add some quick appeal. Pansies can add beautiful color to empty seasonal beds and pots around the front door.

Light the Way

Shorter days mean landscape lighting can really help the yard shine. Consider path lights, solar landscape lighting around feature plant beds or even some nice lanterns around the front door to add appeal. Is the outside front door light looking a bit rusty and worn, replace it with a beautiful new one – $50-$100 can go a long way towards this first impression when potential buyers are entering the home.

Now call me at 865-599-4652 and get on my schedule this week so I can get beautiful professional photos for you to get your listing up right away.

With Grit & Grace~

Sarah Keenan, Knoxville Real Estate Photographer


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