8 Ways to Enhance Your Home's Winter Curb Appeal

Posted by Laine Smith on 1/14/17 10:00 AM

Topics: Selling A Home DIY(Do it Yourself) Homeowner Tips Curb Appeal Home Value first time homeowner

Short days, dreary skies and mucky streets; it’s no wonder keeping your home’s exterior appearance is such a task come wintertime. Whether you’re looking to list your home this winter or just want a more pleasant exterior to come to, here are several ways to up your winter curb appeal.

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Let There Be Light

Outdoor lighting is a must in every season to ensure safety and curb appeal, but it’s especially necessary when winter makes getting from your sidewalk to your front door a hazardous maze. Adding pathway lighting is a great way to guide your guest from point A to point B.

When your holiday lights come down, add spot lights or up lights to add drama and showcase your home’s architectural features.

Also, make sure your front door is properly lit. Your entryway should serve as the focal point of your home’s exterior, so make sure your current model is sufficient.

Create Winter Container Gardens

Spring and summer curb appeal are highly dependent on bright florals, lush lawns and articulate landscaping, but that doesn’t mean your home’s exterior has to be drab come winter. Make do with hearty winter plants and create winter flower boxes, urns or container gardens.

Add bursts of color with rose hips, yellow dogwood branches, goldenrod, eucalyptus, winterberry holly and caspia amongst several types of fir, pine, and spruce tree branches.

Dress Up Your Outdoor Living Areas

Even if the cold is keeping you inside, staging your porch is a must for winter curb appeal. As homeowners find ways to transition their home interiors to their exteriors, you’ll expect to see more exterior home staging, even as the temperatures drop.

Add a plush or faux fur throw over your porch furniture, accent with some colorful (outdoor) throw cushions and/or rug and create a cozy ambiance with some battery-operated candles placed in lanterns.

Keep a Wreath Up

Keeping your front door a focal point can be challenging in the winter without the help of foliage. Invest in a non-seasonal wreath, like an artificial red berry wreath, to keep eyes on your entry.

Shape Up Your Trees

Pruning during dormancy is one of the most common trimming practices. Not only does it result in a vigorous burst of regrowth for spring, but trimming trees during the winter time allows you to see the entire structure and shape of a tree.

Remove diseased or damaged branches first and then prune for shape. You want to shape your trees so they frame your home instead of blocking it. For heavy trimming/pruning, it’s best to call in a professional tree service.

Replace Worn House Numbers or an Outdated Mailbox

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to draw the eye of people passing by is to update things every house has: house numbers and mailboxes. Old, outdated models of mailboxes and house numbers are more noticeable in the winter when you’re not distracted by seasonal textures and colors.

Brighten Your Front Door

Since painting your home’s entire exterior is likely out of the picture, your front door is a great weekend project to liven up your home’s curb appeal. Top colors that pop against a wintry white landscape include cranberry, jewel tone teal, deep purple, and thyme green.

Add Non-Seasonal Lighting

While your holiday lights have likely come down, you can still embrace the need for warmth and illumination further into winter. String bistro lights along an empty patio pergola and reminisce of summer days.

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