The first thing that potential buyers see when they look at your house is the exterior. Realtors call this the “curb appeal” of your house. So if you are serious about selling, the exterior should look as well-kept and attractive as you can make it. Here are some simple tips you can use to make a buyer’s first impression a positive one.

Clean your shutters, doors, and windows. Not only is this a very inexpensive thing you can do, it gives a fresh, new look to your house. You can also repaint or replace your front door. This will immediately brighten up the exterior of your home as the front door is a focal point. Your gutters are another area that you can easily improve by checking to make sure they are straight and firmly attached to your house. Replacing any missing or damaged shingles on your roof and straightening any siding that is uneven will enhance the overall look of your property. In addition, upgrading your porch light is another simple, but effective way to renew the look of your home.

A well-groomed lawn and weed-free beds are another easy way to make your land look striking. Putting down fresh mulch adds instant appeal to the look of your home. Planting evergreens is a great way to add perennial greenery. Another often overlooked landscaping item is walls and fences. Walls and fences provide structure and framework for your property.

After you have freshened up the exterior of your home, ask a couple friends to come over and give you their opinion of your exterior. Do they think you need more trees or shrubs? What stands out as the best looking focal point of the exterior? What is the worst? Their suggestions can help you see your house from a buyer’s perspective. Don’t only think of things you can add to your exterior; sometimes the best changes you can make to your house are removing unsightly features. Overgrown or dead trees and shrubs, broken windows, and lawn equipment all fall under this category.

Some buyers will likely drive by your house in the evening, so it’s best to make certain you have eye-catching lighting. Walk out some evening and look at your house. Does it look dark and uninviting? Consider putting in a row of small lights along a walkway or to highlight a landscaping feature. Perhaps low voltage floodlights would brighten up your exterior and make it look more appealing. There are many options you can pursue so that you don’t lose potential buyers’ interest before they see the interior of the house.

By doing some simple maintenance and upgrading to the exterior of your house, you can raise the value by up to twenty percent. You will also ensure that you don’t lose prospective buyers because of negative first impressions. The curb appeal of your home is a major factor in how well your house sells. It is definitely worth the time and effort to improve.

The Metro House Hunters Team are leading Realtors in the Smyrna Real Estate market. For more information on Smyrna Foreclosures, please visit