Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tips for Creating a Great First Impression of Your North Shore Home This Holiday Season!

Now that we’re in the month of December, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is well underway!  It’s a beautiful time of year on the North Shore as Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park, Glencoe and the surrounding towns decorate for the season and host fun holiday events.
But, what if your attention is divided between the holidays and selling your North Shore home?  You may be worried that your home won’t sell before the end of the year, but as a North Shore Real Estate agent, I can assure you that there are buyers out there!  In fact, showing your home during the holiday season can be very appealing to buyers who will be able to easily envision hosting their own holidays in your home.
One of the key aspects that will make your home stand out this holiday season to buyers is the first impression they’ll have of your North Shore home.  First impressions make lasting impressions and you want to be sure your home is ready to wow!  Here are seven simple tips for making a great first impression this holiday season with your North Shore home!
1. Safety- You may have open houses or showings soon, so you’ll want to put safety first! Be sure your driveway, sidewalk and front porch are cleared of debris or any snow. It’s always better to be on the cautious side and put down salt, as even rain can freeze and make walking up to your home dangerous.
2. Fresh Paint- Your North Shore home is more visible in the winter months as trees are free from their leaves and your home’s condition is more exposed. Touching up chipped or faded paint is a great way to help your North Shore home look refreshed.
3. Tasteful Decorations- While you can have fun with the season’s bright lights and characters of Christmas, it can be easy for some to get carried away. Try small white lights around your homes’ bushes or front porch post, a simple wreath and garland to enhance your home’s appearance without being too distracting. 
4. A Neat Lawn- Whether there is snow covering your lawn or not; be sure to keep your lawn free from any leaves, twigs, etc… that may have blown through with the harsher winds. Just because your lawn is not expected to be as lush as the summer months, doesn’t mean to ignore the state of your lawn. Keeping it cleaned up will show that you care.
5. Clean Gutters- It’s not too late to make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. You’ll want these cleared so that melting snow or rain can easily run through the gutters and not cause damage.
6. Lighting- The use of lights can really make your home stand out with the shorter winter days. Since there is more time without the suns light, using a variety of lighting can give your home a warm glow. Indoor window lights in each room provides a nice appeal, while lights along the pathway up to your home, a bright porch light and tasteful Christmas lights are all ways in which to enhance your North Shore homes’ curb appeal.
7. Cold Weather Plants- Hearty plants and Evergreen trees can withstand the winter months while adding visual appeal to the outside of your home. Evergreen Holly will add a splash of color with its red berries and can stand up to the cold weather.
Following these tips will help take the curb appeal of your home to the next level and give your North Shore home that boost that will set it a part from other homes on the North Shore Real Estate market.
If you have questions about selling your North Shore home or are ready to put your home on the market; please contact me today

Janie Bress
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