Improve your home's curb appeal

For sale sign with sky in background

First impressions are everything when you're trying to sell a home.

Making just a few improvements, and doing a little maintenance, can improve the curb appeal of your property and turn casual shoppers into serious buyers.

Start by removing years of dirt and grime from driveways, decks and siding with a rented pressure cleaner.

Replace old, and especially broken, outdoor lights.

Then clear weeds and leaves from flower beds, mow the lawn and prune the hedges. Replace any dead or unsightly plants with new shrubs or flowers.

Finally, take a good look at your front door.

It's one of the first things potential buyers notice about your home.

If it's not in tip-top condition, give it a fresh coat of paint, replace the handle if it looks damaged or old and clean the glass on a regular basis.

Our 10 smart moves to dress up your home has more ideas to make your home stand out to potential buyers.