Whether of not you?re getting ready to list your home for sale, maintaining your home?s curb appeal is important. To make your home?s exterior shine, think about following the same decluttering and staging principles you would use to spruce up the interior.

Get an outsider?s view. Take a walk across the street to get an overall first impression of your property. Is the lawn unkempt? Are the hedges unruly? Rev up the lawn mower and trimmer; if you?re short on time, consider hiring a gardening service to do an overall clean-up and be sure to keep up with regular maintenance. Access the windows ? are they cracked or dingy? Repair any cracks or dings on the panes and sills and make them shine with a thorough cleaning.