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11 Ways to Easily Boost Your Curb Appeal in a Weekend

If you're selling your home soon, ensure that prospective buyers will want to come inside by sprucing up the exterior before they drive by. And surprisingly, it doesn't have to be a time-consuming ordeal. Here are some easy improvements you can make to boost your home's curb appeal - all in just one weekend.

1. Paint or stain your front door. You probably won't even have to take it off the hinges. Installing a metal kick plate is another inexpensive way to freshen your entrance - it will cover years of wear.

2. Polish door hardware. Consider replacing the hardware if it's really worn or flaking. Don't forget the doorbell and lighting fixtures.

3. Replace worn welcome mats. A new welcome mat in a cheery complementary color can boost the front entrance welcome factor.

4. Install outdoor lighting. Consider solar garden lights to line a walkway, or a bright new porch light. This will make your home look more inviting in the evening when most buyers have the time to drive by.

5. Kill mold and mildew. Use a pressure washer to easily blast the siding, roof, deck and driveway clean.

6. Mow the lawn. Trim around flowerbeds and other stationary objects. Make sure your lawnmower's blades are sharp for a clean cut.

7. Get rid of weeds. Replace them with blooming flowers and add new bark or gravel for a fresh look.

8. Trim shrubs and tree branches. Cutting overgrown shrubs can open up your home's exterior. Be sure branches aren't creeping onto the roof. Show off appealing architectural elements by trimming around columns and windows.

9. Add a hanging flower basket. Install a stylish but discreet hook on your front porch and add an inexpensive hanging plant.

10. Clean gutters. If the downspout is badly damaged, consider replacing it with a decorative rain chain, which allows water to run down ornamental funnels into the ground drain.

11. Clean windows. Use an industrial cleaner to make your windows sparkle from across the street. Don't forget to wash the screens.

You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Spending just one weekend to prepare your house for the market can pay off big in a big way. A great first impression can mean the difference between a quick sale versus having your home sit on the market for months.

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