It can be tough to create curb appeal in the winter. Many plants have lost their foliage and flowers, hard surfaces can look a little dirty or even mossy and mildewy, and the low angle of the sun can cast a harsher light on everything. But don’t worry! Even if you are listing your home in the winter, there are plenty of ways to make your home stand out and it starts with curb appeal. Here are seven ways to enhance your curb appeal in these challenging winter months:
Clean the surfaces – Usually people leave pressure-washing until the spring, but if you have dust, dirt, and moss growing on your driveway and hard surfaces, a pressure-wash may be just what is needed to perk those surfaces back up.
Watch the edges – Edging the lawn and borders between grass and landscaped areas is even more important in the winter as there is usually less foliage to blur the lines. Make sure the mulch nicely defines the edges and while you are at it, make sure the mulch looks fresh.
Trim-up – Take advantage of bare branches and get out your pruning shears. This is a great time to remove some of that more-unwieldly growth and give those bushes some structure. Trim up perennials and grasses, removing all the dead matter.
Label Unique Plants – If you are a master gardener (or hope to be one someday) and have unique specimens in your landscaping, label them so the potential buyers can look forward to what is coming in spring and summer. Your local garden shop or online retailer has plenty of options for plant labels to choose from. Choose ones that complement the style of your home.
Use Containers for Color – This time of year, large pots or containers can add a splash of color to your walkways and front door area. Your local garden store probably has a good selection of pots, plants that will enhance your outdoor area this time of year, and helpful people to help put it all together. Remember to get advice on how to care for the plants in the containers so they will last all winter long.
Front Door Area – Make sure your front door area is cleaned of cobwebs and autumn’s leaves. Does clutter such as shoes collect in this area? If so, make a plan for your family to keep this area cleared and clean while the home is listed. How does the front door itself look? If it looks a bit drab and weathered, a coat of paint in a color that complements your home is a great way to be memorable.
Wash the Windows – Because the sun’s angle is lower in the sky, that winter glare makes all those streaks and water spots on your windows extremely visible, even from the curb. This is a great time to put two people on the window-washing task – one on the inside and one on the outside. That way, you can both be on streak patrol and make sure your windows look crystal clear.
If you are thinking about making a move this winter, consider us your partner in strategizing your curb appeal. With supply chain issues affecting everything from pots to paint, it is never too early to get started. Give us a call and we will start your curb appeal plan!