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13 Ways to Keep Up Your Curb Appeal in Winter

Just because the snow is falling and the days are dark and gray, that doesn't mean you can't dress up your home a bit. It doesn't matter if you're selling your home or you just want your home to look great for the holidays, here are 13 ways to spruce up the outside of your home this winter.

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Add a Small Tree

This holiday season, buy an extra small Christmas tree (or two!) to place near the front door. You can wrap the bottom of the tree with some burlap or place it in a basket. If you have and electrical outlet nearby, add a string of lights. If you want to add an outdoor electrical outlet, here’s how to do it!

These nine holiday decorating tips will come in handy this season.

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Create a Warm Glow

Exterior lighting not only makes your home safer, it also makes your home look cozy and inviting. Take a walk around the outside of your home to make sure all lights are working properly and check for any bulbs that need to be replaced. Also, check to make sure bulbs are clear of ice and snow. Try these DIY outdoor lighting tips for beginners.

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Clear the Snow

Nothing makes a home look unkempt in the winter faster than snow that hasn’t been cleared. Take the time to shovel the front walkway and shovel or use the snowblower on the driveway to keep paths clear and safe. These 13 snow blowing tricks make snow removal quick and easy.

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Add Some Plants

Look for some cold-weather plants to add to your front entryway. Think evergreens or plants with colorful berries to add some interest to an otherwise drab space. Make your garden look fabulous this winter with these 12 tips.

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Clear Clutter

Make sure all toys, shovels and lawn equipment are put away after use. Leaving items like this laying around is a quick way to give your yard a sloppy look. Try these 10 tips for organizing your garage and keeping it that way all winter.

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Try a Lantern

Hang a lantern on a post near your entryway or set one or two on the steps for a charming, welcoming look. Lanterns can be either hard-wired or battery-operated. Try these low-voltage outdoor lighting ideas to increase curb appeal.

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Add Some Color and Shine

Winter can be dark and gloomy so add some shine to up your curb appeal. Pick out some shiny, colorful garden ornaments to add around the front of your home. Check out these 10 quick projects for instant curb appeal.

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Use String Lights

String lights aren’t just for the holidays. Try using them in a clear glass bowl or lantern on your porch for a soft glow or suspend them from a tree for an enchanting look. These 15 ideas for outdoor string lights will make you want to live outside.

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Hang a Wreath

Wreaths don’t have to be super-fancy or really large. Think beyond evergreen and choose a wreath with understated elegance. Check out this stunning wreath you can make from materials gathered in your yard.

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Attract the Birds

Add a colorful bird feeder in your front yard. A well-placed feeder adds color and life to an otherwise gray landscape. Check out these 14 simple DIY bird feeders.

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Get Painting

Break from the expected and go for a bold color on your front door. The pop of color may be just what your home needs during the depths of winter. For inspiration, check out these 15 stunning front doors.

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Update Your Mailbox

If your mailbox is boring black, brown or white, give it a winter makeover. Try some brightly colored paint to help boost your curb appeal. Just bring it inside to warm up since paint has a hard time adhering to cold surfaces. Here are 10 things to know before spray painting.

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Replace House Numbers

Up your home’s curb appeal with some striking new house numbers. Go for a design that makes a statement. Or, find a style that speaks to your home’s character. Just make sure they can easily be spotted from the street. Here are 11 unique ways to display your house number.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.