December 1, 2022

Winter Curb Appeal

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Bare trees and covered lawns don’t lend themselves to creating a great first impression of your home during the winter. Whether or not you’re planning on moving this season, it’s a great idea to refresh your seasonal curb appeal to ensure your home is looking its best.

Keep Paths Clear

A large, two-story home with brown siding and a red door. There is snow on the ground but the pathway leading from the street to the home is clear and dry.

Keeping your driveway, walkways, stairwells, and surrounding sidewalks clear of snow, ice, and leaves is crucial during the cold weather months. Not only is it a person’s first impression of your property maintenance, but it’s also important for the safety of visitors, community members, and service workers like delivery or mail people. Keep your surfaces salted or treated to avoid ice build ups.

Cold Weather Plants

A window box decorated for the Winter months with pinecones, Evergreen branches, cranberries, and other plants.

Plants that can withstand cold weather can liven up a dampened landscape of white. Keep existing shrubs and trees pruned during the winter. You may also add outside-safe decorations to them, such as strings of lights or draping ornaments. If your home has window boxes, you can create cold weather plant arrangements. Experts recommend using small evergreens, magnolia, decorative kale, red berry branches, Snow Drop flowers, and pinecones.

Fresh Paint or New Trim

A forward view between snowy branches of a home's front door. It's blue with glass panels on each side, complete with a green Holiday wreath.

Since bare trees make your home more visible, it’s a good idea to clean up any areas with faded or chipped paint that may stand out. If your home’s appearance doesn’t inspire you the same way it used to, painting your front door, stairwell railings, and trim a color different than the rest of your home may be the perfect focal point and pop of color.

Light Paths and Awnings

A front view of a modest home in snowy winter. There are lit up icicles off the porch awning, a lit sled and small Evergreen in front of the door, and a lit up garland over the front door.

Outdoor lighting is important in the winter, making your home exterior both safer and more attractive with pathways, driveways, and porches. After all, the sun usually sets around 4 pm in the winter.

Show it Off

Making improvements to your curb appeal can also make for eye-catching new listing photos. Seasonal photos that show fall foliage or freshly fallen snow can capture your home in a way that speaks to a potential buyer.

Curb Appeal Your Way

A home's front porch decorated with red ribbons and snowflakes in the windows.

One of the benefits of owning a home is being able to personalize the exterior of your home to meet your needs! If you’re looking for a mortgage lender that will be there for you, no matter the weather, contact us today! Our Licensed Loan Originators are ready to walk you through the homebuying process, no matter your needs.

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