10 Winter Curb appeal tips – 10 Oakland County lake home selling tips

It is always a little harder to sell your Oakland County lake home in the winter because the demand is not there.  The majority of lake home sales happen in the spring and summer when the sun is shining and the buyers can see the lake.  But many Oakland County lake homes do sell in the winter.  Here are some winter curb appeal tips on how to make your lake home more attractive.  In Michigan, lake homes look a little duller without green grass and leaves on the trees.  But now is not the time to slack off on your home’s appearance.  Make your home stand out against the competition.  Showcasing the front of your property is difficult during the colder weather with brown lawns, leafless bare trees and a grey frosty background.  Here are my 9 Oakland County Lakefront home selling tips.

Mandon Lake home

Mandon Lake home

1.)  Mulch  Put down a fresh layer of mulch right before the winter sets in.  Make sure the beds are weeded too.

2.)  Snow  Keep the snown shoveled so the  lake house looks neat.  You want the buyers to make it to your front door without any accidents. Prevent slips and falls by clearing your driveway, walkways and stairs of snow, ice and leaves.   Put down ice melt where necessary

3.)  Docks and Water accessories.

Lakefront homes White Lake Twownship Michigan

Lakefront homes White Lake Twownship Michigan

Keep the docks neatly stacked to the side of the property or out of sight.  Put away all the “stuff”.  Make the yard look neat both on the lakeside and streetside.  If you can store your boat off site that would be better when selling the house.  Unless you have a very wide lot or it is out of the way in the garage or off to the side.4.)  Details New bling – a new door handle, a new mailbox, welcome mat, or  house numbers are details that many Northville home seller forget.  So complete the transformation and give your home a polished look.

5.)  A neat lawn.  If there is no snow your grass will be that dull brown -green., but you can still keep your lawn looking neat.  Pick up the papers and junk that seems to appear between snow falls.  Your last lawn cutting be sure to edge and trim good.  Make sure all the leaves are up and pick up the fallen twigs.

6.)  Clean those gutters. Fall has come and gone and leaves may have accumulated in your gutters.  Clean them out before putting your home on the market.  Nothing is worse than having trees growing out of your gutters.  You want  to show buyers that you care about exterior home maintenance.   You want to give the buyer the first impression that your Northville home is well maintained.

7.)  Fresh paint and caulking. Before it gets cold or if we have a warm day in the winter a coat of fresh paint and caulking is important.  Buyers have a better view of your home in the fall and winter because of no leaves on the trees.  Remember first impressions – faded or chipped paint will really stand out, so give your home a fresh coat if it needs it.

8.)  Trim up the trees and bushes.  Trim any tree limbs that are touching the house or blocking the house.  Show not block your house.

9.)  Install Outdoor lighting. As the days get shorter, having proper outdoor lighting will make your home safer and more attractive for buyers who come to visit at night. Use a series of path lights to illuminate the way to your front door, or flank the door with decorative sconces or lanterns.

10.)  Winter decorations. A giant inflatable hunting Santa or reindeer in the front yard is going to distract buyers.  You have to remember that Metro Detroit has many non Christian buyers that do not celebrate Christmas.  So appeal to all the buyers with simple wintry decorations can bring out the best in your home. Put colorful winter wreath on the front door.

If you are selling your Oakland County lake home in the winter you still want to have curb appeal.  So many buyers “judge” your home on photos.  Judge it whether to come and see it or not.  Bad curb appeal and bad photos can slow you down when selling your lakefront home.

search Oakland County lake homes for sale

If you are looking for Foreclosures Lake Oakland Michigan or a Lake Ona Homes for Sale in White Lake Township in Oakland County you may want to know that Lake Oakland in Waterford is a public all sports Lake.  Lake Ona is not an all sports lake.  It is a very small lake that has good fishing.  If you want a similar lake like Lake Oakland the you may want to research Lake Orion Lakefront foreclosures.

If you are Selling your Highland Township lakefront home in the near future give us a call on my cell at (248) 310-6239.  We have helped many Highland Township home owners get their home sold for top dollar.  If you would like a list of Oakland County MI all sports lakes send me an email and I will send you a list.  My email is yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

 

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