8 smart moves to boost your curb appeal

Green your lawn

Another way to add curb appeal is to make sure your lawn is green, says Jason Jacques, president of Exit Mountain Realty in Brevard, N.C.

Besides fertilizing your lawn in early and late spring and early and late fall, and making sure it gets enough water, a little-known secret to a greener lawn is to cut the grass a little longer.

Set your mower deck to the highest level. You’ll have to mow the lawn more often for a while, but when your house is for sale, you want buyers to fall in love when they drive by for the first time, Jacques says.

Even if it’s green, however, a lawn full of weeds and crabgrass will look like a maintenance nightmare to prospective home buyers.

In the spring, use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds from growing.

If your lawn is a lost cause, consider hiring a landscaper to tear it out and lay new sod.