How your home looks to others is important. If curb appeal weren’t a big deal, no one would spend thousands on trying to spruce up their gardens and exteriors. Plus, let’s not forget about the potential money it makes when the property is up for sale.
But, if you go out onto the street and take a look at your home now, you might not be impressed. Why? It’s because of the season. In the winter, homeowners tend to shirk their curb appeal responsibilities as it’s cold and dark. Ain’t nobody got time for a winter welcoming mat!
For those who want to keep up appearances all year round, this is what you should try.
Casing The Joint
Don’t worry; no one is going to advise you to rob your own home. In this case, “casing the joint” means to frame the property’s façade. Sometimes, the greenery in the garden gets in the way and blocks the view from the street. Rule #1 of curb appeal: make sure everyone can see the house. Pruning the trees and shrubs will eliminate the blockages and make it seem as if your home is postcard-worthy. Always remove damaged, diseased or low-hanging branches and leaves.
Leaving The Lights On
Thanksgiving is around the corner and Christmas isn’t too far away. Those two occasions in themselves are excuses to decorate the outside of the house. Indeed, you can mix the two celebrations and leave them up from the end of November to the beginning of January. Do it right and nobody will notice the difference and think it’s out of place. The key is to leave the lights on, especially at night. The glow will illuminate the building and make your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. If someone has big, bold decorations, then invest in more to one-up them.
Creating An Evergreen Garden
The front lawn is a major part of your home’s appeal. People see it before they notice the façade of the building. In winter, this is a problem because it might be a mess, with no grass and tools and toys strewn everywhere. In short, the garden is cluttered and gives off the same impression to passers-by. Lawn fertilization will help as it should provide the grass with the nutrients it doesn’t get in the winter. Also, planting robust, evergreen flowers is a wise move as they’ll bloom regardless of the season. Finally, remove the clutter and find a home for it out of sight.
Nothing says cold and bare than an exterior which has zero accessories. It’s as if you don’t have the time or inclination to try and make your house a home. The good news is it only takes a few investments to transform the outside of your property. You already know about holiday decorations, but you can add light fixtures like lanterns too. Due to their warm glow, they offer a nice contrast. Alternatively, you can put up a birdhouse.
Not only does the feature look homely, but it brings animals and they add a lease of life.