Curb appeal is important year round- whether you’re selling your home or not. In fact, 79% of buyers say it’s very important. But even if you aren’t selling your home, curb appeal can add charm and also provide enjoyment of your home. However, during the winter as plants die, the sun sets earlier, and overall lack of color in nature it can be tough to create curb appeal. I’m providing five ways to add curb appeal in the winter months, and none of them will break the bank!
5 Ways To Add Curb Appeal In The Winter
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Rake & Bag All The Leaves
Nothing screams lack of curb appeal in the winter than piles of dead leaves throughout the winter. As fall ends, take some time to rake all the leaves. The leaves can actually provide great material for a compost, but if you don’t compost- bag all the leaves. Keep in mind, many leaves get tangled in shrubs & plants. Looking or an easy to use leaf blower to make the job easier? Check out this one (affiliate link).
Add Landscape Lighting
One of the most depressing parts about winter is that it gets dark much earlier. Even in the dark, a home can have curb appeal. By adding landscape lighting it can show off features of your home. But if you’re thinking it must be expensive to hire an electrician to install landscape lighting, there is a much cheaper & easier alternative: solar lighting. I ordered these solar landscape lights & love the glowing effect they provide at night. Looking for solar lighting to add to your house? Check out these lights too.
Create Winter-Proof Planters
Summer offers beautiful flowers that make colorful planters a staple in most people’s curb appeal projects. And while some people may think you have to forego planters during the cold months, you don’t have to! Adding seasonally-appropriate plants mixed with faux accents from places like Hobby Lobby can create beautiful, eye-catching planters. LeAnne Lavender from Lavender’s Longshot masterfully does this each winter & offers tutorials on her Instagram. Looking for a good winter-proof planter? Check out this one (affiliate link).
Update Your Mailbox
One of the most overlooked elements of curb appeal is the mailbox, but a mailbox is a great way to show personality & enhance the design of a home. Even builder-grade, boring mailboxes can be updated easily. I recently ordered a custom wall-mount mailbox from Etsy to enhance the mid-century vibe of Flip 5. If you aren’t able to order a new mailbox, you can also update your existing one with vinyl lettering or numbers.
Trim Trees Limbs & Shrubs
Not only is trimming trees a good safety practice in the winter in case of ice storms, it can actually improve the overall appearance of your home. I recently trimmed back several crape myrtle trees in my yard that had grown taller than my roof! The mature maple trees that line my yard were drooping with the weight of the branches, so my dad and I trimmed them way back. Keep trees trimmed allows clear sight lines of your home. There’s nothing more distracting to curb appeal than shrubs & trees that completely camouflage the home itself! If you need a tree trimming saw, this one (affiliate link) is a great one!