A welcoming exterior can put a spring in your step each time you climb the stoop. Adding the right elements can increase your daily comfort, too. Fixing up a front porch to lounge on during the hot summer months or swapping a failing roof for something new that's also maintenance-free makes your space more enjoyable—and shortens your to-do list.

Return on remodeling investments remains strong, according to the National Association of Realtors. Not surprisingly, exterior improvements still lead the pack in terms of biggest bang for the buck, with siding and windows paying you back over 75 percent of their cost upon resale.

A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal.You can help make sure they want to come inside your house by spending some time working on the its exterior appearance.

Here are some suggestions on how to improve your home’s curb appeal:

  • Wash the windows.
  • Evaluate foundation plantings, and trim back or replace as needed.
  • Update the light fixture at the front door.
  • Repair or install a new mailbox.
  • Repair the front walk if it is cracked or heaved.
  • Remove dead tree and shrub branches.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Power wash your house.
  • Clean the entryway, front lights, and walkway of cobwebs, tree debris, dust, dirt, etc.
  • Add colorful, potted plants along your walkway or entryway.
  • Paint your front door.
  • Clean and sweep the driveway.
  • Store all yard equipment, including children’s toys.
  • Find somewhere else to park any extra cars, boats, trailers, or RVs.
  • Do not use the porch for storage.
  • Clean up after your pets.
  • Store garbage cans where they are not visible from the street.

Curb appeal is the difference that sells nearly half of all houses on the market, so says the National Association of Realtors. If you’re getting ready to sell yours, investing some time and a little bit of money in improving your home’s curb appeal seems like a no-brainer.

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