During the spring and summer months, it's easier to maintain your home's curb appeal, as potted plants, flowers, or a gorgeous outdoor rug can make massive improvements. However, when the temperatures drop below zero and everything starts to freeze, it can be a little more challenging to make your home look cozy and beautiful.
Luckily, it's possible. If you're ready to improve the outdoor look and feel of your home this season, you need a little creativity and some alternative resources to help turn your home from dull and dreary to festive and inviting. These tips will significantly improve your curb appeal if you're planning on hosting a great deal over the next few months or are getting ready to list your house on the market.
Start with Cold Weather Plants
There are quite a few plants that can handle winter's cold, harsh weather. Not only will they last throughout the entire season, but they will significantly improve the look and feel of your home exterior. Start by adding potted plants to your front porch, such as small evergreen trees or winter shrubs with berries. These items can also be decorated, helping to add a festive look and feel during the holiday season.
You may also consider planting cold-weather flowers in your garden or front exterior. Lenten Roses are a great option, or you can plant snowdrops or forsythia bushes, though they typically don't bloom until February or March.
Put the Emphasis on Your Front Door
Your front door is typically the first thing a home buyer or guest will notice when they walk up to your house, which is why it must give off the right first impression. Look at your door to see if the colour is faded or chipping. If it is, it may be time to give your door a fresh new paint job.
Consider painting your door a gorgeous pop of colour, such as blue or yellow or adding a natural wreath to give it some life. If you don't have the space to jazz up your front porch or entranceway, it's essential to use your door to create a welcoming vibe this season.
Ensure There's Enough Lighting
The winter months are dark, so ensuring your home is the exact opposite is essential. Adding additional lighting to your front porch or along your entranceway can help create an alluring and warm atmosphere.
This tip also helps to add an extra layer of security to your home. We recommend purchasing a timer plug so your exterior lights will turn on even if no one is at home.
Keep Walkways Clear
While snow is beautiful, an unshoveled walkway or driveway can be quite unsightly and unsafe. Keep your driveway and walkways plowed as the winter months bring on snow, slush, and ice. This will help to keep your home exterior looking pristine, as well as will keep it safe for your visitors and guests.
Increase the Size of Your House Number
This is a tip that's often overlooked! If you want to make an impact, we recommend switching out your old and outdated numbers for more significant ones (at least 6 inches) that have a sleek and modern look. Not only will it help to make your home more visible, but it will also make your exterior more visually appealing. Match that with beautiful winter plants and lighting, and your curb appeal will be incredible.
Winter may cover your home with snow. However, that doesn't mean your curb appeal needs to be overlooked, especially if your home is listed on the market. Luckily, with these tips, you'll be able to transform the exterior of your home, improve your curb appeal, and make your house look inviting and sensational year-round.
If you are getting ready to list your home, we have a few more tips and tricks that you'll find helpful in our home sellers' guide. Download your free copy here or contact us today for more information.