First impressions matter—especially when it comes to real estate. It doesn’t matter how many updated features or charming details are inside a home if you can’t get potential buyers through the front door. Here are XX simple ways to get instant curb appeal!

Ditch the Clutter

Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” While she was talking about fashion, the same idea applies to curb appeal. Stand across the street (or take a digital photo) and note any clutter that jumps out at you. Bikes, garden tools, toys—they all need to be put away neatly out of sight.

Update the Mailbox

Some mailboxes lead difficult lives, judging by the dents, splinters, and bent poles that we see in any given neighborhood. Replace a busted mailbox with something sturdier and more appealing. If the mailbox is in good shape but just needs a makeover, try planting some flowers at the base.

Pressure Wash Everything

Is there anything more satisfying than seeing years of grime blasted away by a pressure washer? Wash sidewalks, brick, paved driveways, and siding to make the home look like a million bucks. Just be careful when washing wood, since poor technique can damage decks and other surfaces.

Paint the Front Door

A fresh coat of paint works wonders. Black or white are traditional colors for front doors, but red or green can add an incredible pop of color! While you’re at it, touch up the casings, trim, and shutters, too. Just don’t go too crazy with the color palette—after all, buyers will have their own tastes and might not be as enchanted by a hot pink front door.

Replace the House Numbers

Are the house numbers on your home tarnished or crooked? A quick update that makes a big impact is to replace them with something shiny and new. Brass is a classic for a reason, but tile can also look fantastic depending on the style of your home.

Revamp the Light Fixtures

Is something still considered “vintage” if it’s just never been updated? Outdoor light fixtures tend to be neglected, so give the front porch a makeover by swapping the light out for a new one. Solar lights along walkways and gardens make the home look more appealing after dark.

Brighten Up with Flowers

Is the landscaping looking a little bit blah? Potted plants are a great way to create instant curb appeal. So are window boxes and hanging baskets filled with lush, cheerful flowers. You might also consider planting a flowering tree, such as a crepe myrtle, but make sure that the space you choose can accommodate the full-grown tree.

Clean It Up

This should go without saying, but in addition to removing clutter, you should also make sure that the gutters are clean, any dead plants are removed from the landscaping, and hazards such as wasps’ nests are cleared out. The homeowners may have let routine maintenance slip, so before making the house look pretty, make sure it’s safe and functional.