Winter is upon us and it can be difficult to maintain curb appeal during the dreary, rainy or snowy months ahead. However, there are some small things you can do to make sure your house stays looking as fresh as possible, whatever the weather.
1) Keep walkways and driveways clear.
Particularly in northern areas, snow accumulation can be an issue. Clearing your driveway and walkway not only keeps you and any visitors safe, but it also gives your home the look of being well maintained. And, a maintained exterior gives the subliminal impression that, if the owner takes the time to maintain the outside of the house, they probably are maintaining the inside of the house as well. Using salt or a similar ice melt can help keep your walkways clear, even after you’ve finished shoveling the snow.
2) Rake or remove leaves and sticks.
As fall comes to a close, many yards are filled with leaves and dead sticks that have fallen off of the trees. Like clearing snow, clearing leaves can also leave visitors with the impression that your home is well maintained. More importantly though, raking and removing leaves will make sure that your curb appeal is still around in the spring. If leaves are left in the yard all winter, they inhibit the growth of grass underneath, leaving your lawn yellow and patchy come spring.
3) Keep gutters clean.
With the extra rain and snow during the winter, your gutters put in a lot of work. And, with the leaves of fall, it’s easy for those gutters to get filled with debris. Not only do full gutters make your house look messy from the curb, but they can cause damage to your home. If a gutter is filled with wet leaves and then freezes, the weight can pull the gutter away from the house, causing damage that you’ll have to fix in the spring. Additionally, if your gutters and downspouts don’t funnel water away from your home, you can end up with expensive leaks in your basement!
4) Don’t cut corners on holiday decorations.
Many people put up lights or other decorations around the holidays and if you’ve ever taken the time to drive around town and check out the decorations, you’ll easily notice the difference between the people who took their time adding their decorations (or even had them done professionally) and those people who simply through a net of lights over their front bush. Well done holiday decorations can be a great way to draw positive attention to your home. Half-hazard decorations will have the opposite effect!
None of these things take significant time or expensive and are great ways to keep your home looking nice even over the winter. Just be careful, particularly if you plan to clean your own gutters, and don’t slip on any ice or snow!