Selling your home? 17 tips for creating maximum curb appeal

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    By Marilyn Lewis/MoneyTalksNews

    Curb appeal is that undefinable something that draws you to a home at a glance. It is a combination of visual charm, good upkeep and attention to detail.

    An attractive entryway or appealing landscaping can make or break a sale. If your home lacks curb appeal, many prospective buyers will reject it without looking further, or will try to lowball you on price.

    In a 2014 Zillow survey, real estate agents named curb appeal one of the five most important factors in selling a home. Agent Kevin Kieffer told Zillow that homes with strong curb appeal fetch prices about 10 percent higher in his East Bay area of California.

    "Your house needs to be framed up: It needs to look like a picture when people pull up. They expect to see tasteful paint colors, well-trimmed grass, new bark, fresh flowers -- the whole deal," Kieffer said.

    A small budget goes a long way, especially if you do some jobs yourself.

    Here are 17 ways to bump up your home's curb appeal.