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Cashing in on Curb Appeal

The so-called “fiscal cliff” has been avoided (for now) and the U.S. housing market entered 2013 in a continued state of recovery, which means home sellers and buyers will likely be more active in the new year. That means stiffer competition for sellers, and every little trick in the home-selling handbook will be useful in closing the deal. One important chapter in that handbook deals with a subject loosely defined as “curb appeal.” Curb appeal refers to the level of attractiveness of a home from the street, and since we all know how important first impressions are it stands to reason that curb appeal goes a long way in selling a home. So, what are some easy things you can do to spruce up the view from the street? <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.      </strong><strong>Landscaping</strong></li> </ol> Now, this can get out of control very quickly, so it’s important to keep the focus narrow and seasonally appropriate. Decorating tastefully for the holidays is one easy thing you can do. Keeping the yard raked, mowed and green with fertilizer is another. If you do want to dip into your pocket, new mulch and a few new plants can do wonders in spring and summer. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/landscape-pathway-lighting_3363.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">Landscape and pathway lighting</a> can also add flair without breaking the bank. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Paint</strong></li> </ol> Painting the entire house is an expensive proposition (and should be done if it needs it), but painting the trim and/or door is a much easier and inexpensive way to freshen up the façade and really improve the look of a home. Take a look at what the neighbors are doing and then research hot trends and colors. Pick something that will stand out without looking garish and don’t be afraid to get creative! <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.     </strong><strong>Exterior Hardware</strong></li> </ol> Think of it as your home’s jewelry. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/door-knobs_3813.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">Doorknobs</a> and <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/door-knockers_691.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">knockers</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/doorbells_3099.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">doorbells</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-sconces_115.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">outdoor sconces</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-ceiling-lights_3458.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">ceiling lights</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/post-lights_129.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">post lights</a>, house numbers and even your mailbox may be due for an upgrade. These items are easy and fairly inexpensive to coordinate to give your home a more put-together look. Use the style of your home – mod, Victorian, colonial, etc. – to be your guide in terms of what will make the exterior design look more intentional. These are just a few tips that can get you started on improving curb appeal, and <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes everyone to share their tricks for cashing in on curb appeal.
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