They say you can't judge a book by its cover but I can tell you that you for SURE can judge a home by it's "Curb Appeal'. Since so many of us actually enter our homes on a daily basis through the garage the front of your home might have been over site for it's resident. So, park on the street tomorrow and come into your home as a guest. Try to see everything with fresh eyes. The three DUMMY basics are: is it clean, is it tidy and is it well presented.
You don't have to spend a lot of money, but Dead Plants are Out (they only work during October where you can try to pawn them off as scary Halloween decorations) Roll up the Hose, And put in a little elbow grease and just clean it up: sweep, scrub or hire someone, Don't be a Door Mat but it's money well spent to buy a new one, Touch up the paint and if it is broken FIX it! Then add a little pizaz to brighten your home... t's always fun to pick a color and paint your front door. I just painted mine black a couple of weeks ago and what a difference it makes. Add some flowers or a special front door decoration and make sure that your address is posted in plain sight and readable this is a must in case of an emergency.
"Susan Clayton, an environmental psychologist at the College of Wooster, says that for many people, their home is part of their self-definition, which is why we do things like decorate our houses and take care of our lawns. These large patches of vegetation serve little real purpose, but they are part of a public face people put on, displaying their home as an extension of themselves."