Having your house on the market in the winter means you'll be facing some special challenges. Without the benefit of landscape in full bloom, a home can take on a drab appearance. To avoid turning away potential buyers, here are three tips for better winter curb appeal.

Adding a few winter-flowering shrubs and perennials to your landscaping can quickly turn drab into fab. Pieris japonica (pictured), the hellebore or Christmas rose and winter jasmine are some options that can do well in the Carolinas.

If you've got mulch around your trees and shrubs, make sure it's fresh. The longer mulch sits in the sun, the grayer it becomes, to the point you can't even tell it's mulch anymore. Rake up the old stuff and put in a layer of color against otherwise dormant landscaping.

Take a good look at areas where ice becomes a problem around your home during a winter storm. You might not have a problem with it, but it can be a negative for the elderly or those with disabilities. While shoveling snow and spreading salt or melting agents can alleviate the problem after it happens, look to more permanent solutions. Make sure you have good drainage away from your driveway and your house. Have your gutters and downspouts checked and cleaned if necessary.

Selling a home in winter may not be the most ideal time to show off your home's beauty, but you can fix that. And if you want help get some response from the market, just let me know and I'll be happy to help.

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.