20 Curb Appeal Checklist Items

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Cabin in the night forestPreparing your home to sell often starts at the curb. It’s often the first impression people get of your home and they make judgment calls about whether to look further based on its exterior condition. Here’s a 20-item checklist below to ensure that your home is putting its best face forward. Fortunately, most of these items cost little to nothing and can greatly improve your chances of selling sooner.


  1. Keep grass neatly cut and edged
  2. Remove weeds and add fresh mulch to flower beds
  3. Straighten and afix loose shutters
  4. Paint or replace your mailbox
  5. Prune overgrown shrubs and trees
  6. Replace bulbs in porch and garage lights
  7. Replace any missing bulbs in landscape lighting
  8. Clean & straighten (or replace) gutters and downspouts
  9. Clean your windows or replace them if they’re out of date
  10. Put a fresh coat of paint or stain on the front door
  11. Polish the doorknocker and kick plate on your front door
  12. Stage your front porch with welcoming furniture & accessories
  13. Decorate with potted plants or hanging baskets
  14. Put away any bicycles, sport equipment and toys (a deck box or storage building is perfect)
  15. Pressure wash your siding, porch, sidewalks and driveway
  16. Re-seal your driveway if necessary
  17. Replace any warped or rotting wood
  18. Replace your welcome mat if it’s worn
  19. Clean the glass in your storm door
  20. Ensure that your doorbell is in working condition
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Michael Carr

Michael Carr is America’s Top Selling Real Estate Auctioneer. He has been an auctioneer since 1991 and has sold billions of dollars in auto, heavy equipment, land, commercial and residential properties. Since becoming a licensed real estate agent in 1994, Michael has been actively involved in the sale of over 78,000 homes and licensed in as many as 27 states in the continental U.S. as a broker and an auctioneer. Overall, he has conducted over 8,400 auctions throughout the last 28 years. Michael is a former Senior Vice President of Brokerage for Auction.com and personally conducted over 2,000 auctions during his tenure there. He resigned from that post in order to continue to expand his own companies, focusing on a more customer service oriented direction. Michael Carr & Associates, Inc. was founded in 2000 and serves as the umbrella corporation for his auctioneer practice and real estate company. He currently spends part of his week traveling to consult investors or conduct auctions, while balancing the rest of his time at his Jefferson, Georgia headquarters. Michael also co-authored a marketing and personal branding book called ”BrandFace® for Real Estate Professionals (Be the Face of Your Business & a Star in Your Industry), and is currently scheduling a book and speaking tour. See www.BrandFaceRealEstate.com for more information. He is available for interviews and appearances on the subjects of real estate investment, real estate management, real estate marketing and auctions. View the video below to learn how Michael Carr got started, and what keeps him motivated to stay on top and continue his passion for his craft after 28 years as one of America’s premier auctioneers.