Just because the temperatures have dropped and the days are shorter doesn’t mean you can’t make your home look its best. Especially if you’re selling your house, improving the exterior is essential. Here are a few ways to boost winter curb appeal. Even when the weather is dull, your property can look inviting and warm.
Boost Curb Appeal this Winter: Trim Trees and Shrubs
Caring for the landscaping is a big part of winter curb appeal. Unruly trees and shrubbery look messy and imply the property is not well-maintained. Not only will pruning shrubs help them look their best, but it will also prevent branches from causing damage to your roof or siding during a winter storm.
If you’re unsure how to trim your trees and shrubs, plenty of resources are available online, or you can always hire a professional.
Clear the Walkways
Make time to clear your driveway and walkways when snowfall happens in the area. Tidy walkways welcome potential buyers to your home. Removing snow and ice also improves safety. You’ll prevent falls and show buyers the property is cared-for.
Remove Dead Plants
Dead plants in the garden are unsightly and may attract pests. So before the snow falls, remove the summer plants from the flower beds. Add a layer of mulch to protect perennials and make the garden look neat and attractive in the colder months.
Clean Up Debris
Fallen leaves, branches, acorns, and pine cones will accumulate. Before the snow covers landscape debris in your yard, remove it from the lawn. Not only will this help your yard look neater, but it will also prevent rodents and other pests from seeking shelter on your property.
Add Seasonal Decor to Boost Winter Curb Appeal
Choose a few pieces of holiday decor for the front porch to make your home feel warm and welcoming. Hang a wreath on the door, add a garland around the porch railings, or install holiday lights near the entryway. A few decorations look festive and inviting, but don’t overdo it. You don’t want the front of your home to look cluttered.
Install Outdoor Lighting
During the shorter days of winter, every house will benefit from better outdoor lighting. If prospective buyers want to check out the property in the evening, good lighting allows them to see the home even after dusk. Lighting also improves safety and makes the house look warm and welcoming.
Install solar-powered stake lights along the walkways and on the front steps. Clean the globes of your front porch lighting fixtures to allow more light to shine through. Install LED bulbs that automatically power on at dark; you won’t have to remember to turn the porch light on. If you have put time and money into your landscaping, add lighting to the garden beds to highlight the most attractive features of the yard.
Curb appeal is important all year round. With these tips, you can maintain (and even improve) your home’s exterior this winter and increase property value. The house will look great all season, and improved curb appeal will attract more buyers.
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