Let's face it. Winter in Wisconsin is long, cold, and, while often it is pretty, it's also messy. Trees are bare, landscaping is rarely visible, and your home can't have the same curb appeal that it has in warmer weather. Take this listing, for example. The home is in excellent condition and offers fabulous views. But the drab gray of winter keeps you from appreciating the rolling hills and beautiful views behind it.
In this case, we didn't have access to a previous season's photo. We posted interior photos first. The listing sold successfully, but it could have shown even better, with seasonal photos. That's why we recommend that you start a collection of exterior photos now. When you list your home, you'll be able to show it at its best, and create the kind of photos that truly demonstrate the best your home has to offer. The property below offers some wonderful autumn images. The fall colors add warmth to the home, and make it even more appealing.
So if you're thinking it's possible that you will sell in the next year, now is the time to jump start your listing potential. Our suggestion list includes:
Trim the bushes
Mow the lawn
Add fresh mulch to your landscaping
Add potted mums or other attractive decor to your front door
Hire a professional photographer
Capture a variety of photos from your property AND your neighborhood
We did this recently for a west side property. We hired a photographer to capture the changing colors, inviting front porch, and backyard views that make this property appealing. Then, we continued the process by photographing the neighborhood. This gives potential buyers more reasons to view your home.
The pumpkins and leaves add some charm to the red front doors.
Showing the multi-colored leaves is so much prettier than bare branches.
When buyers see these views within a listing, they have more reasons to see the listed property. And even if you aren't ready to list, it certainly won't hurt you to have a few photos ready for when the right listing time comes. The interior photos can wait until you've had time to prepare the home, stage it, and update areas that need it. But if you're thinking you might sell in the next year, it's worth getting some of those photos now- before the snow falls.
This article is published courtesy of: Dan Miller, REALTOR Mad City Dream Homes & RE/MAX Preferred