6 ways to boost curb appeal

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If you're thinking of listing your home this spring, now is the time to be thinking about one of the most important elements of real estate marketing: curb appeal. It's your one and only chance to make a first impression on a potential buyer, so make it a good one! Here are some suggestions to make your home stand out from the rest: 1. Get some new eyes: The thing about curb appeal is that you need to look at your house through a stranger's eyes, not through your own. You don't even notice the faded paint on the trim or the missing house numbers, but other people do. So if you can't be honest and objective about the overall condition of the exterior of your home, find someone who can.If you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who you trust to be honest with you (and that you have a good enough relationship with that it will survive their bluntness, then ask them). Ask your real estate agent. If necessary, hire a landscaper or a contractor to act as a consultant. The mai...