Colorado's weather can leave your yard looking like a winter wonderland one day, and like a soggy, dirty mess the next.

And while no one wants their yard to look soggy and dirty, it is especially important to avoid this if you're selling your home. In fact, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), upgrading the curb appeal of your home can increase its value by up to 17%.

But how can you make your home look nice when Mother Nature is being, uh, not so nice?

OPEI has some ideas. Here are the company's eight tips for increasing the winter curb appeal of your home:

8 Tips for Creating Winter Curb Appeal in Colorado

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