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First impressions are important, especially when it comes to selling a home, which is why you want the outside of your home to look the best it can.

Some might argue that the exterior of the home is more important than the interior in today’s real estate market, when people are more inclined to look at photos of what the house looks like before even checking out what’s inside.

Below are some things you can do to get your exterior in tip-top shape.

Paint: Not a lot of people concern themselves with painting the outside of a home, especially because of the time it requires, but the cost isn’t too bad, and it can do wonders for making your house seem fresh and new. Pick a color that blends in well with your neighborhood and do some research on the hot colors this year for houses that are selling.

Improve Landscaping: A nice manicured lawn can say a lot about the people who live there and how you’ve cared for your home. Consider adding some bushes or flower, with a colorful palette that are simple to care for. Make sure your lawn is mowed and that all leaves and debris are picked up. Mulch if needed.

Create a Backyard Oasis: A lot of people looking for homes want a big backyard, whether it’s for entertaining, for their dogs or just for the kids to run around in. So, make your back yard something special. If you have an old swing set or tree house, remove it. You want the yard to look as spacious as possible. For those with pools, make sure they are cleaned and blue. And put in some nice chairs and a patio set to let people imagine hosting a summer party.

Repair the Roof: A big question on the mind of most buyers is “how old is the roof?” Even if a roof doesn’t look bad, an aging roof can be a problem. Not that you need to put on a whole new roof, but you should at least replace any missing shingles or repair anything causing leaks. For anyone with skylights, clean them so they let an optimal amount of light in.

Have an Inviting Entrance: You don’t need to get a new front door, but make sure the one you have is clean and painted if needed. Fix any springs that may make the door close quickly and make sure screen doors aren’t ripped. Check to make sure the numbers of your house aren’t falling off and that the doorbell works. Add a new welcome mat and your entrance way is set.