The first impression your house makes is from the exterior - so make sure it’s a good one by paying special attention to your property’s “curb appeal”.
While the winter months may present a pretty blanket of white at the first snowfall, the wintery weather will quickly turn into a slushy mess and you’ll want to take extra care of tending to your exterior property during this time. Things like salting the ground along the property’s access points and walkways, maintaining good lighting around the home and adding some seasonal greenery to enhance the landscaping.
Safety comes first and plays a bigger role in “curb appeal” than you may think.
Consider the last fall or winter season. How many homes have you driven or walked past your neighbors’ homes and noted the blanket of leaves or snow still covering their walkways? Or the icy sidewalk creating a sheet of glass creeping up the driveway toward the house? These things are not only unsightly, but also present safety concerns.
The most important thing here is to ensure you are prepared and prioritizing these key points of exterior maintenance through the harsher season of the year.
The winter season in Canada is a long one, and if you don’t keep up with regular maintenance of your property through these colder and messier months, the build-up of snow and slush and ice will become very difficult to manage and your property - and curb appeal - will suffer.
In keeping on top of your property maintenance, you create a safe experience for those passing through or, in the case of properties for sale, coming to see your home. Beyond that, you ensure a tidy and clean impression of the property, which suggests pride of ownership and allows for a positive first impression of the property. For sellers, remember that the exterior of your property is the first and last visual that potential buyers will have of your home. Make it a good one!
Most communities offer snow removal services for seniors and those with qualifying disabilities. Check your city’s official page for information on this service specific to your area. For Toronto, 211 Ontario offers eligibility details and links for those interested in applying.
FYI: In Ontario, the landlord of a property is the one responsible for the maintenance items like clearing the snow and mowing the lawn.
Lighting makes all the difference when it comes to warming up the exterior of your home during the gloomy winter months.
Your outdoor lighting does not have to be a costly production in order to have the right effect in its use. Warm lighting can be achieved with strategically placed outdoor-safe lights, and these can be utilized in a variety of forms.
Just a few exterior light styles you can employ for your property include:
In order to get the most out of your holiday decorating experience, you’ll want to consider your home’s exterior style and your desired decorating theme. Maybe that means you’d like to be extra fun and festive - without being cluttered, of course. Or maybe you’re aiming for a more refined holiday theme, some tasteful holiday accents and uniform lighting throughout. Whatever your holiday decor preferences are, there are options available for everyone and at nearly every price point.
However you celebrate the season, it’s a safe bet that there are a few holiday touches you reach for each year to warm up your home. Give your exterior the same festive treatment and consider a few popular outdoor accents such as:
Holiday season aside, there are a number of ways you can spruce up your home’s exterior so it looks its best year-round:
The most important “rule” of holiday decorating is, of course, to have fun! The winter months may feel long, but the festive season is a short one - so enjoy the process, because it’ll be over before you know it.
Seasonal maintenance may not always be as enjoyable as stringing lights and hanging a wreath; the exterior upkeep during the winter months can be a challenge, but if you maintain some kind of routine and avoid the buildup, you’ll find it becomes a lot more manageable.
Something else to keep in mind as far as snow shoveling and other similar items through the season is to outsource these tasks within your community. If you have the budget, and there are local youth within your area who are offering their services, this presents an opportunity to relieve yourself of some of the more labor-intensive exterior upkeep while also supporting your fellow neighbors.
On the flip side, if you’re able, make an effort to check on your more senior neighbors, who may need the help and be otherwise unable to venture out and ask for themselves. This is especially important after major storms and power outages, when those more vulnerable members of your community will need a helping hand the most. ‘Tis the season, after all!
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