Winter is ugly.
There's no nice way to say it. The grass is brown, the snow is dirty, the sky is grey.
Here are a few simple ways to boost your home's curb appeal during the dreary season.
- Prepare ahead of time. It's critical that your yard is neat and clutter free. You don't want to be outside in sub-zero temps picking up summer toys and and kicked-off flip flops. Make sure summer items are stored properly and that landscaping is trimmed, raked and tidy.
- Add a little color. Plant frost hardy plants. Ask your local garden center for some suggestions. (The plus side? You'll probably get these plants for a terrific price!)
- Yards are big sellers. I always suggest homeowners take some photos of their yard when it's in full bloom, transfer the pictures on to a DVD and have a slide show playing on the living room t.v. This takes the mystery out of the yard or condition of the pool/deck/patio.
- If you have a three season room, make it look inviting! Set up a table with chairs. Put a throw blanket on a chair and place some mugs on the table. A cozy, inviting room is always a welcome sight!
- Less is more. Seasonal decor is nice, but too much of a good thing........a well-placed wreath or poinsettias are a nice first impression as buyers approach your front door.
- Baby, it's cold outside. If you have a fireplace, turn it on! Buyers will love walking in from the brisk outdoors to a warm fire and the smell of mulled cider or apples simmering on the stove. I'm not a fan of candles (for safety reasons!) and for fear that buyer will suspect an odor is being "masked." Many people have allergies. You don't want to risk overwhelming the buyers with heavy fragrance, or worse, spark an allergy attack.
- Bring the outdoors in. While it may be grim outside, a few splashes of green is a welcome addition. Consider investing in a Christmas cactus or a brightly colored bouquet of flowers to add some color.
- Lastly, welcome your guests. A well-placed chalkboard with a handwritten "Welcome to our home!" is always a nice touch.