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When driving down a residential street, have you ever noticed how some houses just seem to have it all together—from paint to plantings to proper proportions?

That quality, often called curb appeal, can be somewhat elusive. From a real estate standpoint, curb appeal makes a home more valuable and easier to sell. For a homeowner, it inspires pride.

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