Does curb appeal really matter? You bet it does! When you put your home on the market, it is no longer your "home," but a "product." It has to shine...inside and out! It is said that a first impression is a lasting impression. So what is the first impression of your home? Here is a little "food for thought." A buyer has found your home either on the internet, in the newspaper, or through a licensed real estate professional. The home meets their criteria, nice neighborhood, good schools, right style, upgrades galore, and so on. They eagerly jump in the car and race to see this "dream home." As they pull up in front of the house, the first thing they notice is the weeds and dead foliage from last fall, dingy windows, and a front entrance door from the 70's that screams "paint me!" If you visualized this little scenario, then you have already guessed what happens next. They drive away!

There are some simple and not so back-breaking things you can do to stop them from driving away. A little time and effort, and a small budget can improve the curb appeal dramatically. So much so that buyers will love what they see on the outside, and want to see what is on the INSIDE! The first successful step to selling your home is to get buyers through the front door!

The front door of your house is one of the very first things that people see when they come to visit you. It is one of the most important aspects when it comes to your house's curb appeal, yet many people neglect decorating their front door or don't take the time to make it special.

Here are some tips for decorating your front door that will be sure to give people a good first impression about your home and to make your entrance warm and inviting.

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your front door on your house is to paint it. One of the most popular colors these days for front doors is red because it really packs a punch and can make your house look more interesting.

If you have a house that is painted or sided with neutral colors, painting your front door red is a great way to make a first impression.

If your house colors won't go with red, choose a color that compliments your house and paint your door that color instead. For the most part, dark colors like black, deep brown or red tend to make more of an impact and make your front door a greater visual element of your home.

To really add interest try painting the edge of the door a different color than the center or the panels of the door.

If you have a door with windows in it, you may want to consider replacing the windows with stained glass panels or gluing stained glass directly to them to create a glass mosaic. This is a wonderful way to class up your door while adding an artistic element to your home that helps to set it apart from others in your neighborhood.

Wreaths are one of the easiest ways to decorate your front door. One of the nice things about wreaths is that you can get them for any season and you can just change them out when the season changes.

Try using a wreath of colored leaves for fall, a wreath of red berries for winter and a living wreath with actual herbs or plants growing out of it for spring or summer.

All of these different styles of wreaths can either be purchased already made up or you can make them yourself and save money. Either way they are a wonderful way to add an interesting element to the entry of your home.

Another fun way to dress up your front door is to add a wall planter to it. These planters are flat on the back and are designed to hang against a wall. You can hang the planter directly on your door instead and fill it with beautiful flowers.

In the winter when it is too cold for flowers you can instead add elements like twigs with berries on them, evergreen branches or some other decorative element.

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