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Creating Curb Appeal in the Winter

Here are some tips on how to make that great first impression.

Home staging expert

Denise Sleeper, January 14, 2022
Owner of Delta Home Staging & Redesign

Winter house with bright lights

When selling your home in the winter, you may forget that the outside of your home is still very important in creating great curb appeal for future buyers. Many buyers will drive by your home (many in the evening) to check out your property, so it’s important to spend some time assessing the outside of your home with buyers’ eyes. If they don’t like the outside, they may never go inside.

Here are some tips on how to make that great first impression:

  • Tidy Lawn/Gardens (front and back): Clear away debris, pet droppings, overgrown shrubs, garbage, leaves, toys, etc. With our Canadian winters we sometime have snow that can hide these things but then a day later everything melts, and lawns are exposed

  • Gutters: clean out your gutters of leaves and debris. Check for ice dams. Knock down icicles.

  • Lighting: with shorter periods of sunlight, it is key to have proper lighting that is bright and in working condition (at your front door, your garage and walkway and your back porch area). Add additional lighting to create ambience and great evening listing photos

  • Roof Check: check that your roof is in good shape and that there are no loose shingles that could blow off and cause leaks


  • Safety: keep your steps, driveway, walkway, and sidewalk shovelled


  • Details Matter: Is your front entrance in need of an update?

    • does your mailbox need to be replaced/painted?

    • are your address numbers easy to see when driving by?

    • is your front door in need of painting?

    • is your door handle up to date?

    • does your doorbell work?


  • Staging: create a welcoming front entrance

    • add some greenery or flower arrangement

    • add a new doormat

    • add in a chair, blankets, pillows, and lantern



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