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6 Upkeep Ideas To Add Curb Appeal
If your home's exterior needs improvment, winter is a great time to start planning those fix-up projects. Once the warm weather rolls around, you'll be ready to tackle them. Keeping your home in tip-top shape not only adds to its curb appeal but it saves you money as you ward off more expensive fixes down the road. Look at it this way: You'll be able to spend a couple of weekends outside, basking in the beautiful weather, and make sure your home looks fantastic while you can still enjoy its charms.  
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Let the Sunshine In

One of the simplest but most satisfying fixups you can do is to make your windows sparkle and shine, letting in clear light. Make the job easier by learning from a professional in How to Clean Windows Like a Pro.
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Fix Up the Front Door

Your front entry is your home's ambassador, signaling to guests if you are friend or foe. If yours is more "War is hell" than "Good to see you, ally," perhaps you need to spruce things up a bit to make it more welcoming. Best Curb Appeal Before and Afters of 2012
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Get Rid of Rotted Wood

Sometimes a simple spruce up isn't enough, when damage to the wood on your house's exterior is too far gone and rot has set in. Don't worry—using the right tools and materials, you can make rot disappear, and fend off more damage.
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Repair the Roof

Get the roof in shape and the gutters functioning before both have to battle rain and snow. All About Exterior Paint
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Polish Up Paths and Patios

Don't let another winter wreak havoc on your hardscaping. Bring your walkways and entertaining areas into tip-top shape while you can still enjoy them. Best Foundation Plants for Stellar Curb Appeal
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6 Upkeep Ideas To Add Curb Appeal

If your home's exterior needs improvment, winter is a great time to start planning those fix-up projects. Once the warm weather rolls around, you'll be ready to tackle them. Keeping your home in tip-top shape not only adds to its curb appeal but it saves you money as you ward off more expensive fixes down the road. Look at it this way: You'll be able to spend a couple of weekends outside, basking in the beautiful weather, and make sure your home looks fantastic while you can still enjoy its charms.  

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