8 smart moves to boost your curb appeal

Mirror your neighbors

You want your home to stand out for how attractive it is, but you don’t want it to stand out for how different it is.

Overimproving your home compared to others in the neighborhood will be a sunk cost.

And a home that looks mismatched with its neighbors may not sell at all.

Jason Jacques, president of Exit Mountain Realty in Brevard, N.C., says one of his agents listed a home in a great location that should have sold for more than $700,000. However, a recent remodel had changed the entire look of the house.

The now Spanish-style stucco home looks like it belongs in the desert of a Western state, he says, but it sits in the middle of a small North Carolina town full of Arts and Crafts-style homes and cottages.

The seller withdrew the house from the market after being listed for 343 days.