In sunny Naples, there isn’t too much of a winter season – but that doesn’t mean you can let your home’s curb appeal slack off when the days get shorter.
It can be easy to put off doing exterior maintenance once the cold weather kicks in, but it’s still something that needs to be done. There are countless ways to keep your home in tip-top shape during the chillier months, and still give it a winter flair that fits the holiday season. Here’s what you can do:
- Fresh coats of paint
The leaves on the trees are starting to thin out as the temperature goes down, and that means any imperfections of your home’s exterior are going to be magnified. Chips and cracks in the paint will stand out, so take an afternoon to do some touch-ups and your home will impress anyone from the curb.
- Maintain the gutters
They call this season “fall” for a reason – and as the leaves start to drop, your gutters will start to clog. Not only can this result in water buildup and damage, but it just doesn’t look good either. Taking a few minutes every couple of days to clean out the gutters can make all the aesthetic difference your home needs.
- Don’t forget about the lawn
As the air gets colder, grass won’t grow as fast, and you won’t have to be out on a lawn mower every weekend. But, just as your gutters will feel the effect of steadily dropping leaves, so too will your impeccably manicured yard. With the time you save from not have to mow, rake up all the stray leaves and branches that will inevitably litter your lawn.
- Subtle decorations
While there isn’t anything wrong with showing your home while you have your decorations up, it’s still a good idea to tone it down for the time being. Some people can be turned off by a 12-foot, inflatable singing Santa in the front yard, but a simple wreath on the front door can do exactly the opposite. Similarly, avoid drenching your home in gaudy lights, and instead use small white lights that exude the winter spirit.