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Count to Three to Make a Good First Impression

Stagers know that a home's exterior can make or break whether a potential buyer steps in the door. And the easiest way to tell if your home has curb appeal? Count how many colors it's painted. Look at the body, trim (including window and door casings), shutters and your front door. If they add up to more or less than three, your home may be in need of a change, according to Schwarz. More than three exterior colors can look incoherent or take away from the architecture and one or two tend to look boring and dated. If you like a more monochrome look, you can still follow the rule by painting in three different shades of the same hue.