front-door Realtors say today’s top-value home improvement project is a front-door upgrade. Return on investment; up to 130 percent. Siding, roofing, landscaping, & other curb-appeal improvements also rank high in getting a home sold faster. Inside, carpeting and paint should be fresh. “Take away those pain points for the buyer,” says Julie Reynolds, senior director at, “and remember that Web appeal is the new curb appeal.” Nine out of 10 buyers search online and spend 12 weeks looking. They look at 12-16 homes in person.

From September 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens