The weather is warming, the flowers are blooming and the smell of freshly cut grass is permeating the air; this can only mean one thing … it’s the beginning of home buying season!

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell (or both), it will come as no surprise that homes with a little curb appeal can attract a lot more attention than those that are seemingly unkempt. Here are six tips on how to give the outside of your home a little sprucing up, just in time for the big season.

Refresh the Paint – Adding a new coat of paint can do a world of wonders for even the dingiest-looking home. If the task of painting an entire house is too overwhelming, focus on tackling smaller, more manageable projects like painting your front door a bright new color, touching up the exterior trim or freshening up the color on your shutters.

Plant Some Flowers – While you’re in the mode of adding color to your home’s façade, continue to brighten things up with some fresh new flowers. Whether it’s filling window boxes with petunias, or planting peonies in your garden beds, nothing appeals more to the senses than the beckoning beauty of blossoming flowers.

Love Your Landscape – And why stop at flowers? Ensuring your landscape is properly cared for is a crucial part of maximizing your home’s curb appeal. Remember to mow that lawn, water those plants, weed the beds, trim your trees and prune those hedges! A well-kept yard can be an indicator of a well-kept house.

Clean it Up – Just like the interior of your home, it’s important to pay attention to the cleanliness of the exterior as well. Take a moment to dust off the cobwebs under your eaves, wash the windows and sweep up your walkways. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you may even want to pressure wash your porch. You may be surprised at the amount of dirt and grime that can build up over time.

Replace the Hardware – Another easy way to improve the exterior of your house is by updating the hardware. Swap out your porch lights for something a little more modern, or flank your walkways with solar-powered yard lamps. Change your rusted doorknob and lock for something fresh and unvarnished. Even adding new house numbers to the front of your home can improve its look and feel.

Make an Entrance – Finally, one of the best ways to take your exterior from drab to fab is by creating an inviting front entry. Nothing says “welcome home” like a porch swing decorated with bright pillows, an eye-catching wreath hanging from the front door and a couple of perfectly-placed decorative pots flanking the entryway.

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