From: Annmarie Mercieri []
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 12:46 PM
To: Wasserman, Jim - Sacramento
Subject: Top 10 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal on HGTV's
HGTV's Identifies Top 10 Ways To Enhance Home Curb Appeal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 9, 2010) - The outside of the home is the first thing potential buyers see, so a great first impression is a must! HGTV's identifies the top 10 ways to boost curb appeal and lure buyers. (

#10: Restore the Roof. Repair missing and broken shingles to improve the home's look and to avoid water damage. Many options exist for materials to replace a roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan.

#9: Address driveways and walkways. Driveways and walkways set the tone for the rest of the home tour. Pull weeds and repair cracks to create a good first impression for buyers. For homeowners with a larger budget, upgrading to stone or brick pavers may further enhance curb appeal.

#8: Inspect the gutters. Clean out leaves and debris for an attractive, well-maintained look. Pay attention to signs of water damage, which may mean gutters need to be replaced.

#7: 'Home' in on details. Sometimes enhancing curb appeal is as easy as installing a new mailbox, house numbers or door hardware. Just make sure these additions match the style of the home.

#6: Focus on the front door. A new door can help to create a grand entrance for the home. Repainting an existing front door with a vivid color can also add aesthetic appeal.

#5: Light it up. Outdoor, decorative lighting can enhance the home's curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Pre-packaged kits can cost as little as $40.

#4: Refresh with paint. Consider other homes in the neighborhood and choose a paint color that is both fresh and appropriate. For homeowners on a tight budget, add just a bit of color by painting the shutters, trims and railings.

#3: Add a focal point. Give life to the lawn by adding colorful flowers or accent pieces, such as a water feature. A vibrant exterior will wow potential buyers.

#2: Clean and declutter. "Stage" the home's exterior by ridding the lawn and porch of clutter like kids' toys, lawn tools and excessive decorations. Make the home shine by pressure washing siding and cleaning windows.

#1: Spruce up the lawn. Keep the yard looking healthy and well maintained by mowing, pulling weeds and raking leaves. It may also be smart to have the soil tested for chemicals needed to grow healthy grass.

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Annmarie Mercieri
DRC Public Relations