When it comes time to sell your home, one of the first challenges is to get potential buyers in the front door.

For this, you need a lot of things. You need a quality listing, a reasonable price, the square footage their looking for, and more. But one of the things that’s going to make them choose your home to view over other similar properties is curb appeal.

Curb appeal is just what it sounds like: how attractive your house is from the street view. Your curb appeal is made up of anything that buyers can see from the front of the house, such as the door, windows, roof, lawn, and landscaping.

In this post, we’ll look at several tips you can use to boost your curb appeal.

Declutter Your Lawn

beautiful home-front lawnA crowded lawn is just as bad to buyers as a crowded house. Make sure that you roll up the hose, pick up the toys, and stow away the lawn chairs from last night’s barbecue.

If you have a front porch that’s become a last minute storage spot, move to the attic or put it in temporary storage. Potential buyers will be able see your porch as a precious commodity rather than a mess.

Add Some Structure

A small overhead structure can be an affordable way to make your house stand out from the others on the block. Consider putting in a pergola or trellis to help give definition to your front yard and create a place for flowering plants to climb.

Keep It Mowed

If you’re selling in spring or summer, be mindful of how quickly the grass grows. Nothing will start a showing off with a bad first impression like an overgrown front lawn. It’s like showing up to a job interview with uncombed hair.

Consider hiring a lawn service short term for weekly mowings while your house is on the market. It’s one less thing for you to worry about in what’s already a stressful time in life.

Add Some Plants

Hanging or standing potted plants are a perfect way to enhance the appeal of your porch or front steps. A pop of color goes a long way to drawing attention to your house and making it look more livable.

Give It A Fresh Coat

External view of a contemporary house Front door, shutters, rails, fence, and siding might all need a fresh coat of paint to put your home’s best foot forward. If it’s a small job, you can probably do it yourself, but don’t balk at hiring professionals to paint for you. The investment is well worth it when you consider how big of a sale you are preparing for.

Make Repairs

While you’ll probably have to make a lot of repairs to get your house ready to be put on the market, repairing the things that are part of your first impression are vital. Ripped screen doors, missing shingles, and dented mailboxes can all turn buyers away at first sight. Consider repairing the items you can and replacing the ones you can’t.