We've all heard the old saying, first impressions are the most lasting, so if you're looking to sell your home it's important to make yours the one that buyers remember.

A good place to start is the front yard, according to realtors who listed curb appeal as one of the five most important factors in selling a home.

Your home's curb appeal invites potential buyers to view the rest of the house so what it says about your home is important.

A small budget can go a long way if you take on some of the jobs yourself. Start by removing clutter. Stow away bikes, toys, trash cans and garden tools; toss scraps of paper and plastic, branches, leaves and anything else that doesn't belong in the yard; and eliminate all but a few carefully selected pots and pieces of outdoor furniture.

When it comes to the entry, repair, replace or remove any damaged hardware, thoroughly clean the area and apply a new color to spruce things up, or consider installing a new front door altogether to give the home a well-tended look.

If it's not in the budget to repaint the exterior, consider painting just the trim in an accent color. It's a relatively easy way to add character to your home's exterior.

Replace dated entry fixtures to give your home an updated look, and swap out the house numbers for something more modern.

Outdoor lighting is another inexpensive way to maximize your home's curb appeal. You can also install it yourself.

Whether you have a concrete, asphalt or gravel driveway, now is a good time to repair and refresh the surface.

Clean the windows, clean and repair the roof and gutters; mow neglected and overgrown areas, weed gardens, trim shrubs and prune trees. Edge the lawn for a finished look.

Increase your chance of selling your home by maximizing its curb appeal.


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