So, you’re getting ready to put your home up for sale. Congratulations! It’s a big step and of course, you want it to go smoothly. Where do you begin? Begin by making a good first impression. Often, when people are looking for a new home, they start by driving around and checking out prospective houses from the outside before even making an appointment for a viewing. What they see can make or break you in terms of actually getting them inside your home for a serious look! So, what can you do to improve the curb appeal of your house?

Here are 10 simple and budget friendly ways to boost your home’s curb appeal:

Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior, so start there and then work out from the door.

If it’s looking a little rough around the edges, a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference. Think about using a bold color that will really make it stand out but that still matches the colors of your home. Don’t forget about the trim around the door too!

You can further freshen up your front door by using some metal polish to clean up the doorknob and other fixtures -or you might want to add all new hardware. Add a seasonal wreath for that homey feeling.

Add some fresh greenery.

A couple of urns containing evergreens, a new shrub or two, some pots or window-boxes of flowers to add a punch of color can make a big difference in adding life to to the look of your home.

Install new house numbers.

It’s surprising how just a small detail like this can really add that impression of fresh, new, and well-maintained to prospective buyers.

Do you need a new mailbox?

Or perhaps your old one could use a fresh coat of paint. If your current one is personalized with your name, having one that is neutral can help buyers overcome that idea of “someone else’s home” and picture themselves living there instead.

If you have a large front porch, stage it as an additional living space.

Add a chair or two with a small table to hold some flowers. When you have a showing scheduled, add a book and a cup of tea or something similar so that visitors can see it as an inviting spot for a little quiet time.

Keep your yard well maintained.

Cut the grass, pull the weeds, deadhead the flowers. Use your power washer to spray away the dirt and debris from your home and give those windows a good washing inside and out.

Install some outdoor lighting.

You want your house to look bright and attractive, even in the evening.

Hide any of the less attractive outdoor items: trash cans, electrical boxes, and other necessary but not so pretty things.

Possible solutions are to relocate items if possible, paint them the same color as the house so they blend in better, or use careful placement of small trees or hanging planters to hide them from sight.

Buy a new doormat.

This has two purposes. First, as with the other suggestions on this list, it can really spruce up the exterior look of your house, making it appear fresh and well cared for. Secondly, it can help you keep the interior of your house clean with all of the people coming and going for viewings and open houses. Add a second mat on the inside of your front door too!

You have a beautiful home and you want it to make the best impression possible on prospective buyers. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to win them over even before they come inside with these tips for adding more curb appeal.