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Enhance curb appeal
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Enhance curb appeal

Whatever you do, do not overlook the home's exterior when selling.

"Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home -- it's the buyer's first impression of your home," Page says.

Radice agrees. "You only have 1 chance to make a first impression. …You want your home to stand out."

Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free of clutter and debris, and ensure the house number is easily visible.

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It may also be beneficial to pressure-clean the exterior of your home, driveway and sidewalk, if needed.

Another valuable low-cost solution? Mulch.

"Mulch is cheap and covers a multitude of sins. It makes everything look trim and neat," Radice says.

The cost: Mulch costs around $3 per bag.The cost of renting a pressure washer varies, but you may be able to get one from a local hardware store for around $50 per day. It may cost double that to purchase a pressure washer. Professional cleaning with a pressure washer for a 2,500 square-foot-house may set you back about $250.


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