First impressions are important. While the agent is fumbling for the key, says realtor Keith Shapiro of Coldwell Banker in Framingham, buyers are looking at the door. You don't want them going in with a negative attitude.
So paint the front door, add potted chrysanthemums and other fall flowers, and groom the lawn and bushes. If the storm door or mailbox is rusty, replace it, and if the front steps are rickety, fix them.
Jon Gilbert Fox for The New York Times
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