Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Early Adopters of Houzz include Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging and Design (center). (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

It’s hard to remember what life was like before Houzz.

Clients bringing in huge folders of magazine clippings, trying to describe what they wanted their new home to look like, wanting this but not that, and always saying that “I’ll know what I want when I see it.”

Thanks to Houzz, those days are just an unhappy memory and now clients can browse through millions of photos and ideabooks on the site and share exactly what they are looking for.

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I make a lot of decisions on homes by how they look just as I drive by. Weeds in the yard? Nope! Awful paint? Eek! Mis-matched garage door? I’m outta here!

I’m not at all unlike most buyers out there, too. Major front yard faux pas can turn off potential buyers faster than bad breath on a first date! So how do you keep your home competitive in a fast-paced market such as Dallas?

Houzz, that gorgeous interior design bookmarking service, has just the thing.

Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day,” says Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill. “From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.”

Really, a lot of these ideas are no-brainers that we’ve talked about before, such as giving your front door a distinctive coat of fresh paint. Of course, be mindful of what that color says about you.

Cool tips include adding fresh, bold house numbers and clean front-porch furniture to round out a look, and adding more flowers — and perhaps replacing the front lawn with flowers. Of course, check with your HOA or historic district before you rip out your lawn and add native plants.

Check out the whole list and some of the gorgeous photos on Houzz.com.