TODAY   |  July 26, 2013

Improve your home’s first impression

From simple alterations like using a lighter coat of paint to putting in a new front door, guest host and judge on HGTV’s  “Design Star,” Genevieve Gorder, shares tips that will boost your house’s curb appeal.

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>>> we're back on this tryday friday with more of today. our guest host dean cain , who is helping me out today while kathie lee enjoys a little time off. let's face it. selling a house can be tough. adding a little curb appeal can help bring buyers right to your front door.

>> curb appeal like this dress. bang. from landscaping to adding a porch, here to show you how to make your home a good first impression is designer genevieve gorder from hgtv.

>> we like this segment a lot. you show us a before and after. there are actually takeaway things you can do. changing the outside of your house can make a difference in the price.

>> you've got to bring people in, seduce them.

>> i like this segment.

>> let's take a look at our first house . tell us what -- how they could zhuszh this up a little bit.

>> all right.

>> here it is right here.

>> okay. a little boring. it's a little naked. it's a great little cottage. probably built in the '30s. what's happening now is all the focus is really happening on these hedges which are a little rough. i'm asking to bring in some grays, some more contemporary colors and get it out of the '90s. bright yellow to the shutters. make it a little cuter. the door as well.

>> flower boxes.

>> lighting over the door is integral. you need to have that pause before you go in. evening out the hedges and bringing that flower box up to the top so your eye goes up to the top of the house .

>> that does make a difference.

>> otherwise the visual line is stuck where you don't want it to be. the bottom of that rough hedge.

>> simple but worth a lot.

>> so simple. not very expensive.

>> it'll change the price of your home.

>> yes.

>> let's take a look at our second home.

>> i love this house .

>> beautiful.

>> so cute. what's missing, it's just got this really short yard. the bay looks a little overexposed. because you're really looking at the basement window instead of the beautiful bay architecture. my advice is to extend that porch over a bit. just a shallow por windchill a little bit of porch furniture makes a big difference. house looks bigger.

>> how much would a renovation like this cost somebody?

>> this could be a couple thousand or do it yourself for materials under 1,000.

>> what do you get in return?

>> a lot of people coming to your house to look at it. and extra real estate where people are hanging out outside. when you're working with these older homes you need to make sure every square inch is absolutely utilized. bring in some extra color around the inner trim of each window gives an added sense of depth. looks a little more finished and less y how a little thing changes it.

>> like framing. the eyebrow to the eye. the dress.

>> let's go to the third one.

>> are you blushing?

>> yes.

>> this always drives me crazy. i've seen this kind of house everywhere and it just looks wrong.

>> why? what's wrong with it?

>> i think what it is there's just too much brick. it's a bunch of grid. it looks cold. it's not inviting at all. so because this masonry is not prewar, i'm going to say to actually whitewash it. bring it up to today's standards.

>> is that a huge process?

>> it's painting your house . it's the same kind of thing. what it does, it takes a little bit of that scary away, that terracotta where it's overwhelming. bringing in the shutters. add a dimensional color of a charco charcoal. bringing this pallet of today here.

>> you left the hefty bag here in the front.

>> that's your graphics department.

>> i like that.

>> the wood garage door also warms up the whole facade. hedges. don't want to see basement windows, ever.

>> thanks, genevieve.