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Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal (Part One)
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Other than needing regular assessment and appraisal services, oftentimes there isn’t much that commercial and residential properties have in common. Sure, both require some upkeep to give them the best curb appeal, however, different types of property don’t require the same kind of care when improving the curb appeal to sell a property. But with the blustery cold on its way, regardless of appraisal services, all property types need curb appeal for winter.

•      Spotlights
Homes up and down the street may be completely adorned with twinkle lights for the holidays, but there is another type of light to invest in when looking to improve winter curb appeal, spotlights. Whether it’s for an appraisal or to sell, spotlights and other accent lighting can highlight features of a property and its landscaping. Set a clear spotlight or floodlight at the base of the landscaping or along a walkway to focus on architectural features, dress up a home, or create shadow patterns.

•      Don’t say no to flowers
Since it’s still early winter, there is still time to plant some flowers and other greenery that bloom in the winter. Typically, when trying to improve curb appeal, experts would recommend choosing the biggest, brightest plants available. Those aren’t always winter friendly, so other options will have to suffice. Plants that bloom in winter include winter hazel, Iceland poppies, evergreen trees, blue holly, and plants from the cabbage family. When these plants bloom, they create a prominent contrast between the white snow and vivid flowers planted in the landscape. Planters on either side of the front door tend to be a recurring idea for yearlong curb appeal.

After going through all the upkeep for winter curb appeal, there is one word of caution to heed: don’t take photos of properties covered in snow. Whether this boost in curb appeal was done to sell a property, or it was done for assessment reasons, photos are worth a thousand words, and live on forever. Take a photo on a day without snow so people can see how the property looks without wintry conditions. And, be sure to remove Christmas lights before taking any photos.

Have additional advice to bump up winter curb appeal? Let us know your tips or thoughts in the comments section!


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