This advice will help your house glow from the outside-in.

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Even without a pandemic going on, selling your home can be a stressful endeavor. Amidst the coronavirus crisis, trying to sell your home can certainly create even more challenges.

That's why we were thrilled to stumble upon this article from Realtor.com titled "When the Outside Matters More Than Ever: 6 Curb Appeal Tricks To Attract Buyers During Coronavirus," reminding us that it's especially important right now to give the area in front of your house some TLC. In the piece, Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell of HGTV's Boise Boys shed some light on the topic, and several of the tips stood out to us Southerners. Below, three guidelines to enhance your home's curb appeal and help you attract a buyer.

  1. Pay attention to how your home appears at night.

Even after the sun goes down, prospective buyers may be cruising around your neighborhood to get a feel for things. Especially during the coronavirus crisis when in-person tours are scheduled with even more discretion and farther along in the process (if at all) than normal, it's important to ensure your home looks great in evening hours.

"I like to do a 60-watt clear light bulb on both sides of the door, but one that has a warmer tone so it doesn't feel like you have that overly LED blue light," Caldwell recommends in the Realtor.com piece, also noting that he loves glass fixtures surrounding the front door since it gives a more welcoming feel when the light goes on. "Just make sure that all exterior lights—including the ones on the garage—have the same type of bulb for a unified glow."

If you're listing your home online, include a picture or two of your home's exterior in the evening to give people who are potentially interested in buying your home a sense of the lay of the land in the nighttime.

2. Replace or refresh any outdoor essentials that aren't in spiffy condition.

You may have invested thousands of dollars in landscaping or a beautiful porch, but if you pull up to your house as a prospective buyer and see a dilapidated mailbox, rundown doormat, the home's numerical address with paint peeling off, chewed-up dog toys, and the like, you're likely not feeling that hopeful about the interior.

Spend the $100 or so it takes to spruce up these features or update a mailbox or your home's address with a fresh coat of paint and you'll be amazed at how much your curb appeal improves.

3. Upgrade your front door.

If it's not in tip-top shape, this renovation can be well worth the investment. After all, the front door sets the tone for your whole experience walking into a house, a particularly important moment for those seeing your space for the first time.

"If you're going to spend money on one thing to add curb appeal, make it a new door," says Caldwell. Caldwell suggests using eye-catching colors like red, yellow, or, blue, though plenty of other colors can make a beautiful first impression.  "It feels like thoughtful consideration has been put into the home, and ultimately that's what we're trying to do—to let the home feel like a home that's been loved and cared for and thought about. A home that's been cared for stands out," continues Caldwell.

And if Southerners are good at one thing, it's caring for things⁠—whether it's our neighbors, our loved ones, or the place we rest our heads at after a long day.