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Casa Quickie: Dress For the Drive-By

Selling your house? I'm sure you know all about staging your interiors, or decorating them to sell. But had you considered what impression you're making on the exterior? Many people on the house hunt do drive-bys of houses on the market before they set up an appointment to view them, because online real estate listings can be misleading. Plenty of house-hunters cruise through prospective neighborhoods to scout out "for-sale" signs, too. So, you should do whatever you can to make your house stand out. Paint your front door a bright (but beautiful) color. Plant window boxes filled with colorful flowers. Keep your grass freshly cut. Get new house numbers and make sure they're legible from the road. Give your shutters a power-wash, or a fresh coat of paint. Make sure your interior curtains are hung symmetrically. Don't let your newspapers pile up in the driveway. Consider the small details: they can make an expensive difference.

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