Realtors’ Best Curb-Appeal Tips
Impress your friends and (especially) your neighbors with these quick fixes for the outside of your home
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We asked Tom Salomone, president of the , for his top tricks to make a house look ready to sell—even if you’re there to stay.
Install lighting: Most people have lights over the garage and at the front door, but Salomone’s favorite place to add brightness is along walkways leading up to the house. “Low lighting on either side of the path makes it feel like a red carpet,” he says.
Freshen the color: Start by repainting the front door. Salomone likes a neutral color for sellers, but a bright red or yellow is a fresh option for those staying put. And don’t stop there: Fill porches with furniture or container gardens, which are even more effective if your yard’s light on landscaping.
Fix the dents: Dings in the garage door can make it look years older than it is; a fresh coat of paint can help mask the wear and tear. Look for bent gutters, too, paying special attention to entries and overhangs.
Don’t forget the driveway: “People often wash their siding, but if they’re pulling their car into the garage every night and going straight inside, the driveway gets taken for granted,” Salomone says. Degriming the driveway and any front sidewalks—or resurfacing them, if applicable—gives the entire property a brighter look.