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4 expert curb appeal tips for home sellers

So you're thinking about selling your house. Well, you picked a great time to put it up for sale, as inventory remains quite low nationwide.

gardening and painting toolsAs of early 2019, there were roughly 1.74 million properties available for purchase, according to the National Association of Realtors. That is better than where things were at this point in 2018 (1.67 million). Historically speaking, that's the textbook definition of a seller's market.

In short, when you include your house among online listings, it will almost surely receive notice from those eager to buy. With that said, though, placing a "for sale" sign on your front yard and hoping for the best won't cut it. You're going to want to add some good old-fashioned curb appeal to wow would-be buyers.

There's no need to reinvent the wheel to give your place some added panache. Here are a few of the most popular curb appeal ideas you might want to consider:

1. Beautify with colorful plants

Nothing captures the attention quite like colorful plants do. Speaking to HGTV, landscape designer Sheri Silver noted that window boxes, front beds and potted plants provide an "instant lift" to your home's look, so be sure to include them when posting pictures.

2. Change the door knobs

Little things can make a big difference. Chief among them are the door knobs. As noted by DIY Network, while they may seem somewhat insignificant, door knobs add ready-made flare to the front and back doors, which the eyes naturally gravitate to when scanning listings. Get some feedback from your design-enthusiast friends so you find the best match for your house's architecture. Adding color to the front door - like a bold red - can help make the knobs more of a focal point.

3. Seek symmetry

Whether it's matching plants to flank your house's entrance or lantern-style sconces positioned similarly, symmetry is naturally pleasing to the eye, according to Better Homes & Gardens. Whatever style, item or installation you decide to add, look for opportunities to correspond one feature with another.

4. Clear out the gutters

When was the last time you cleaned your gutters out? Gutters collect debris and channel rainwater away from your house to reduce localized flooding. That's an important job, but a dirty - and unsightly - one if you don't maintain the gutters. Be sure to give them a good cleaning.

With a little creativity and some elbow grease, you can get your house in tip-top selling shape in no time!