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You’ve decided to sell or buy a home. Great! Congratulations! Next up is locating the right realtor. Once you’ve done that, you’re most likely going to hear the words “curb appeal.” While these words are not new and are far from uncommon, most home sellers tend to forget the most obvious of things.

Preparing your home for a buyer requires deep cleaning, beautiful presentation, and organization; but most people don’t realize this extends to the yard and curb areas, hence the phrase “curb appeal.”

To get you a foot ahead of the competition, here are some tips and advice to help beckon potential buyers to come inside.

Spruce Up Outdoor Containers. Flower pots, mailboxes, and all other outdoor containers can add significant interest to buyers on their way in and out of the home. Make them clean and make them sparkle.

Remulch. Have you ever been to the park right when spring begins? The fresh mulch makes it look so beautiful. The same effect happens to your lawn when a new layer of mulch has been added. The color enhances the plants, makes everything pop, and is somewhat inexpensive.

Plant Some Color. A lovely green lawn is always pleasant, but beautiful green grass with a colorful flower bed is preferable. Choose a couple of different colored flowers to create a splash on your lawn.

Shape Overgrown Trees. This one is a no-brainer! If you don’t take care of your hedge, you probably don’t take care of your pipes either.

Power-wash Dirty Surfaces. Depending on your home and the type of power washer, you may be able to use it on the outside of your home, as well as on the sidewalks, porches, pavement, and curbs. Nothing says ‘choose me’ like cleanliness.

House Numbers. Clean up your home numbers and make the shine. Don’t make people spend a lot of time determining which home is the right one. Instead, you want those numbers shining out saying “Here You Are.”

Add Some Polish. You can polish up almost anything. The roof. Porch. Stairs. Rails. Front Door. Window Panes. Make your home look brand new with a simple coat of polish.

Border The Flower Bed. A colorful garden is sure to grab you a couple of viewers. However, a border can bring it all together. Choose a nice brick or stone to go around your garden; watch the contrast make both the flowers and lawn pop.

Solar Lights. Lights not only instantly make your home look better (add good lighting to anything, and it gets better), but it also acts as a safety net for night time visitors.