It’s always exciting to show off a new home to friends for the first time. When you do, presentation is key—and presentation begins at the front door. That’s why curb appeal is so important.
Even in winter when you plan to spend most of your time together inside, a clean, well-maintained entrance can go a long way toward establishing a positive first impression. And small and inexpensive updates to your new home’s curb appeal can really make a big difference.
When the leaves begin falling and shadows lengthen, curb appeal can be difficult to maintain. Here are five cheap and easy ways to improve your home’s winter curb appeal.
1. Add a spot of colour.
When your landscaping begins to fade with the season, punch up your home’s curb appeal by adding some natural colour. Several plants native to Australia show off their best colours in the winter, like the cheery pinks and yellows of the wattle and Grevillea ‘Ember Glow’. You could also add a variety of potted plants around your front door. Seasonal colours like vibrant mums, fall edibles, or other native plants will make your entrance look fresh and lively. To keep plants looking great all winter, consider covering the pot or putting it inside on cold nights.
Time Spent: 15 minutes
2. Freshen up the front door.
Your front door is the more than the entrance to your home—It’s the centerpoint of your home’s curb appeal. Refresh the door wreath and mat, especially if they’re seasonal designs. Install flood lights or lanterns to physically brighten the front door. For an extra fresh feel, add a new coat of paint to the door. Consider a bold or cheery colour, especially one that sets the tone for your home’s interior design. Reds and yellows can be very inviting and will likely stand out from surrounding homes.
Time Spent: 45 minutes
3. Keep your home’s exterior clean.
Fall colours look great on your trees, but become a big eyesore as soon as the leaves hit the ground. When cleaning up the seasonal mess, we recommend starting from up high and working your way down. First, grab a ladder and (safely!) clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Next, if the exterior walls of you home are looking a little grimy, consider pressure washing your home. Finish up by grabbing a broom. Sweep the front porch and walkways, and don’t forget to swipe away dust and cobwebs that may be hanging in the rafters.
Time Spent: 60+ minutes
4. Make safety a priority.
If you’re inviting guests, make sure they can get to your front door without incident. Keep the walkways and stairs clear of snow and ice. Trim back shrubbery to make sure potentially icy spots get some sun. And check to see that any low lights along your driveway and walkway are working correctly.
Time Spent: 10 minutes
5. Bring the outside in, and the inside out.
Your curb appeal shouldn’t stand alone. You’ve already refreshed the wreath on your front door, but are there other seasonal touches that would look classy at your front door, along your walkway, or at your mailbox? Add a few tasteful winter decorations that match the inside of your home. And consider bring winter flowers, branches, or boughs inside to enhance your interior decor. Keep windows clear and uncluttered, and add string lights outside or lamps inside that balance interior and exterior light.
Time Spent: 15 minutes
Are You Ready to Welcome Your Friends to Your New Home?
Before you message your friends, take a walk across the street. Look at your house, then walk up to the front door, stand at the front door for two minutes, and make note of everything you see. Your friends will likely wait a moment at the front door for you to greet them. Take a moment to visualize the space from their perspective.
Many things can contribute to curb appeal: the landscaping around the house, the quality of the paint job, and perhaps most important of all, the front door that serves as the front entryway to your home.
Does your home have cold-weather curb appeal? Let us know in the comments.
—Beverly-Hanks & Associates has been Western North Carolina’s real estate market leader for more than 40 years. If you would like more information about improving your curb appeal, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help.
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