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Curb appeal—everyone wants it, but not everyone knows how to achieve it. Especially when it comes to capturing engaging photos for online listings. Here are four relatively simple ways to take your exterior shots to the next level.

1. Focus on the front door. It’s important to set a welcoming tone with exterior shots. Consider both symmetry and framing, paying special attention to the front door. An inviting image will make a lasting first impression.

2. Deal with the driveway. Make sure that you remove all detritus from the driveway, including garbage cans and recycling bins. If your driveway is paved, consider hosing it down and using an indoor-outdoor broom to scrub stains.

3. Let there be light. A well-lit home is as much about security as it is about aesthetics. But in photographs, lighting is paramount. Try taking photos at different times of day to find out when your home looks best—and rely on natural light as much as possible. Harsh artificial lighting can make a home seem dated.

4. Use plants for color. Make sure that there is mulch in garden beds or add colorful flowers. This will help give your photos a pop of color, as well as highlight any landscaped areas that add value to the home.

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Sellers are often surprised to hear that it isn’t always big changes that get a potential buyer’s attention. Rather than admiring that expensive new bathroom, buyers are more likely to notice that the kitchen drawers don’t open properly or that the floor is scuffed. Before you spend thousands of dollars on major renovations, check out Houzz‘s checklist of inexpensive upgrades that may help sell your house:

Quick-clean the exterior and landscape. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is top notch by checking that your garage doors are working properly and gutters are clean. For your yard, cut the lawn, trim the bushes, and wipe down any lawn furniture.

Make the door and doorbell stand out. Give your doorway a fresh coat of paint and make sure that the doorbell actually rings. Even if many homeowners don’t use the front door, it is the first area prospective buyers will see up close.

Evaluate every entrance. Think about the entrances to every room and update hinges or knobs if needed.

Look down. Most people will come inside a home and wipe their feet; when they do, they’ll be noticing the flooring, so make sure your carpets are clean and your floors are polished.

Select the right scent. A musty scent is the last thing prospective buyers want to smell when they walk into a home. Find a scent that you love and use it throughout the house—a scented candle goes a long way.

Spot treat any blemishes. Fix scuff marks, fill nail holes, and paint cracks so that your walls and moldings look as good as new.

Have a place for everything. Tuck away or neatly organize things to eliminate clutter. You can always add extra storage if needed.

Check the tracks. Make sure all drawers open smoothly. Buying new tracks and tightening handles are much cheaper fixes than replacing cabinetry.

Give the appliances some elbow grease. Clean your oven, refrigerator, sink, and any other appliance that will be included in the home.

Finish with finishes. Replacing faucets, showerheads, and towel racks are low-cost updates that can brighten up a bathroom.

This article can be found in its original form on Houzz.

Photos: Houses for sale via Househappy.org

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Need to give your home’s exterior some pizzazz before you show it off to buyers? HGTV’s FrontDoor made a list of 8 budget projects that will enhance your home’s curb appeal.

1. Repaint the Front Door

Adding a new coat of paint to your front door is an easy way to transform your house. Try painting your door a bright color such as red to make it stand out.

2. Manicure the Lawn

Having a green lawn makes a home stand out since it covers a large portion of the front yard. Make sure to rid your lawn of weeds and have it freshly mowed. If you are in a hurry and want your lawn to be green for a showing, you can spray your lawn with a green lawn spray paint that is nontoxic and environmentally safe.

3. Groom the Beds

Showing buyers that you keep your front yard well maintained is an easy way to boost your curb appeal. Start by removing debris and weeding planting beds. Then to give your landscape a fresh appearance put down a new layer of mulch. If you need to plant some flowers consider brightly colored ones in the spring and summer, and autumn hues such as reds, yellows and oranges in the fall.

4. Wash Off Dirt

Use your garden hose on its strongest setting to wash debris off sidewalks, your driveway and the front of your home. Another option would be to rent a power washer, but be careful not to do any damage to the siding or around the windows.

5. Clear the Driveway

Buyers don’t need to see your garbage and recycling containers in front of your house, so store them in the garage or on the side of your house. Then use a sealant to take care of any cracks in your driveway. Lastly, you don’t want anything blocking the view of your home from the street, so park cars in the driveway or down the street.

6. Make the Windows Shine

Cleaning windows inside and out can make your home sparkle in the sun. Grab a ladder and get to business. First wash them with the hose to remove dirt and cobwebs. Then use a sponge with a small amount of vinegar to scrub them clean and rinse with water after.

7. Update Light Fixtures

Removing outdated front door or garage light fixtures will instantly give your home some added curb appeal. If you don’t want to buy new fixtures you can also try spray-painting your old ones a darker color.

8. Trim Trees and Bushes

Cut overgrown bushes and trees to keep your house visible to potential buyers. Also make sure to remove branches that block walkways and windows.

This article can be found in its original form on HGTV FrontDoor.