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Curb appeal, Nanaimo Real Estate

How To Improve Your Curb Appeal In The Winter

While it’s easy to give your home a great look during the summer months when the flowers are in bloom, it’s more difficult to make a home look great during the cold, darker winter months. Here, we’ll take a look at a few things you can do to improve your curb appeal for your home during winter.

Improve your curb appeal

Clean up the landscaping

Prune the bushes and shrubs so that windows are visible. This lets as much daylight as possible into the home and the shrubs appear neat and well kept. Remove old flowers and weeds from the flower beds. This not only looks neater, but you won’t be faced with this task in the spring when it’s time to plant new flowers.

Sweep up leaves and shovel snow

Not only does this make the home look better, it’s also a safety issue. Guests don’t want to slip and slide their way to your front door, and in most municipalities, you’re required by law to clear the sidewalks of snow and ice. Make sure you do the driveway as well and then throw down some sand, salt or ice melt for good measure. Lastly, while you’re shoveling the snow, take a look at the eaves and gutters and knock off any icicles that may have formed.

Turn on this outside lights

Bright lighting is important in winter not just for visibility, but because it makes the home appear warm and welcoming. It is especially important to make sure the garage and porch lights are on if potential buyers are coming to view the property. During the Christmas season, have a few festive lights on the house, trees or shrubs to add even more warmth but be careful you don’t go overboard.

Put away the non-essentials

If you have kids toys, empty plant pots or lawn furniture in the yard, put them away for the winter. If you’re not using them during the winter months, it’s easy to store them away in the shed, garage or basement until spring arrives. It cleans up the appearance and if your yard is not large, it can give the appearance of more space.

Winter isn’t a bad time to sell your home and with these few simple tips, you can improve the appearance of your curb appeal in the winter, with very little cost and effort.

Planning a winter move? You wouldn’t be the first one. One of our agents will be happy to assist you in finding the right home!

5 Tips for Moving in the Summer

In a perfect world, we would all move during the months with the best weather, when the kids are out of school, and it would all happen on the day and at the time of our choosing. The reality is, this isn’t always possible. What can you do to minimize the stress of moving during the busy summer season? Read these tips for moving in the summer!

Tips for moving in the Summer

  1. Schedule your move at a less busy time of the month. The last couple of days and the first couple of days of each month are the busiest if you plan to hire a moving company or rent a moving van. If you can schedule it during the middle weeks of the month, you’ll have more availability to get the movers exactly when you want them, and sometimes the costs are less than an end of month move.
  1. Call your utility providers to schedule service changes a few weeks before moving day. If you need the phone or cable company to come to the new house, scheduling it well ahead of time reduces the risk of being delayed once you actually move.
  1. Have everything packed in the days and weeks leading up to the big day. Don’t wait until the weekend before the move to start packing because you’ll just get overwhelmed. Starting well in advance gives you the opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need or want in the new home. Items you don’t use on a regular basis can be packed early and by the day before the move, you should have everything but the bare necessities ready to go. This is especially important if you’ve hired a moving company to do the heavy lifting – they don’t want to stand around waiting for you to pack boxes, and you’ll end up paying more for their time.
  1. If you are using a moving company, make sure you label your boxes clearly. Identify what’s in the box and which room it is for. If the movers know which room something is going to end up in, they can just put it there for you at the start.
  1. Keep items together that you’re going to immediately need at the new house. Toiletries will be important when you wake up in the new house on the first morning, so having them easily accessible, in one place, makes it easier. Same goes for the toaster or the coffee pot.

At RE/MAX of Nanaimo, we can do more then provide tips for moving in summer – we can help you find the perfect new home for you and your family! Call one of our well qualified agents today at (250) 751-1223 and get started.