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Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal (Part Two)
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bitter cold temperatures, the first snow of the season, and the thought of staying in bed — all things 2016 has brought to Ohio so far. However, no matter how much the weather tries to make people stay inside, there are certain tasks that need to be done for any property (yes, that includes both residential and commercial properties) before an assessment or an appraisal. Even for properties that are on the market to sell, winter is yet another season that calls for curb appeal. Even if the property doesn’t need appraisal services just this moment, it’s time to get outside … despite the temperature.

      Say hello to paint
With trees and shrubs losing their leaves, doors, shutters, siding, etc., are now all in plain sight. For properties that are on the market and ones that are about to undergo an appraisal, bright, vivid colors can do wonders as accents. Painting the front door, shutters, the fence, and even the mailbox bright colors not only update chipped or fading paint, but being freshly painted, they show the property is well maintained and adheres to neighborhood standards. Not a chore that should be done in below freezing temperatures or snowy conditions, Ohio residents all know that the weather can be quite erratic and warmer days could be on the horizon. For acrylic-based paints, don’t apply in temperatures below 50 degrees; for oil-based paints, don’t apply in temperatures below 40 degrees.

•      Get out that shovel
There’s no need to grumble about this task since southern Ohio and the Ohio valley have finally seen snow this winter. What does this chore have to do with winter curb appeal? For both properties that are up for sale and ones that are about to undergo an appraisal or assessment, appointments could coincide with snowfall. Agents with potential homebuyers or assessors who need to complete appraisal services can stop by at any moment, and it makes all jobs difficult when snow is piled up, blocking pathways and driveways. In addition to letting people into the property, there is the more important issue of safety. Appraisals need to be completed and potential buyers need to make it in the door, so slips and falls can easily be prevented by shoveling walkways, stairways, and the driveway.

Safety is the topmost factor to consider when sprucing up winter curb appeal, regardless of if residential and commercial properties require appraisal services or an assessment. But other than creating a safe property, the boost in curb appeal creates a memorable first impression — in the good sense.

Have additional advice to bump up winter curb appeal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


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