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Increase Your Home's Curbside Appeal

Your Home's Exterior

Your home's exterior is the first thing a potential buyer sees, when visiting your home. The following tips will help you increase your home's curbside appeal and create a strong first impression to potential homebuyers.


  • Replace missing slats, stakes and posts.
  • Repair broken hinges and paint or stain the fence if necessary.


  • Mow, trim and fertilize the lawn.
  • Weed flower beds and replace dead plants and trees.

Driveway, Garage, Carport

  • Clean up grease or oil spots on concrete surfaces.
  • Make sure the garage door opens freely and the automatic door opener is working.
  • Provide an unobstructed view of your home from the street by not parking cars, boats or other vehicles in the driveway.

Front Entry

  • Polish door handles and doorknockers.
  • Replace worn or broken items, such as an unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.
  • Be sure porch lights are working and add welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants.

Siding and Trim

  • Consider painting the highlight features of your home, such as trim work, shutters, gutters, downspouts and railings.
  • If necessary, add a fresh coat of exterior paint to the exterior siding.


  • Remove debris such as tree branches and leaves.
  • Straighten the TV antenna.
  • Make any necessary repairs to worn shingles or cracked surfaces.

Patio, Deck

  • Flowering plants and outdoor furniture add appeal.
  • Remove any unnecessary items such as gardening equipment.
  • Tidy any visible items, such as an outdoor grill or barbecue.
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