When selling a home, first impressions count. How your house looks as a potential buyer approaches shapes their first impression. Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market or want to enhance its aesthetic, there are plenty of easy ways to boost your home’s exterior. Here are five easy ways to improve curb appeal in winter.

Add Greenery

Evergreen plants and trees are a great way to add color and life to your yard in the winter months. If you don’t have plants that stay green all year long, consider planting evergreens or installing a living wreath on your front door. Both are relatively easy projects that will make a significant impact.

Remove Lawn Debris to Improve Curb Appeal in Winter

Winter storms cause leaves, twigs, and other debris to accumulate in our yards. Keep up with regular lawn maintenance so your yard looks tidy and inviting. Rake the leaves, collect fallen branches, trim the bushes, and remove dead plants. A little work goes a long way in showing buyers the property is cared-for.

Clear the Walkways

Remove snow and ice from your property’s front walkway and other paths. You’ll improve safety, allow prospective buyers to access your home easily, and boost curb appeal. Shovel snow from the walkways and use ice-melt products on the front steps. If you cannot keep the walkways clear, hire a landscaping company to handle the task.

Add Fresh Mulch

Mulch is good for your plants and makes the yard look neater and more polished. Now’s the time if you haven’t mulched in a while (or ever). Mulch makes the garden beds look tidy, insulates perennial plants, blocks weed growth, and helps the soil retain moisture.

Improve Winter Curb Appeal: Install Outdoor Lighting

Lighting is essential for both safety and curb appeal. In the winter, when the days are shorter, good exterior lighting is especially important. Consider adding solar lights along your walkway or driveway, hanging a string of lights around the front porch, and using landscape lighting to highlight some of your favorite features.

Curb appeal is important all year round, but it’s crucial in winter when potential buyers are uninspired by drab weather and lackluster yards. By sprucing up your yard this season, you’ll make a wise investment that will pay off when it’s time to sell.

Second Opinion Home Inspections provides inspection services to homebuyers and sellers in Door and Kewaunee counties. Contact us to schedule an appointment.