Home & Garden

Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

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Great hardwood floors and high ceilings will do nothing for selling your home if you can#t get people in the door to look at them. Draw them inside with fantastic curb appeal. It#s your only chance to make a good first impression, and can make a big difference in how quickly your home sells.

Tackle yard duty. Simple, yes, but often overlooked. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, cut back overgrown trees, weed the flower beds.

Make repairs. Check your window screens for tears. Make sure your roof isn#t missing shingles.

Give it a bath. Before you haul out the paint for your siding, consider that it may just need a good scrubbing. Work from the bottom up to see what type of improvement can be made with a little elbow grease. Make sure your windows and doors are nice and clean, too.

Touch it up. Don#t overlook shutters, front porch rails or garage doors. Small paint touch ups can make a big difference.

Use Flower Power. Colorful flowers can bring new beauty to your winter lawn. Plant a patch of pansies around the mailbox. Hang a colorful dried flower wreath on your front door.

Gwinnett is a great market for residential real estate, but there is a lot of competition out there. Give yourself every advantage by putting a little extra time and care into the curb appeal of your home.