Spring is almost here and with it comes real estate’s busiest season: the spring market. If you’re thinking of getting your home ready to sell this spring, you’ll want to make sure it looks its best before making its debut. In addition to doing some staging and giving your home a good spring cleaning, that means paying attention to curb appeal. We’ve brought you four fresh curb appeal ideas to help you get the process started. Use them as inspiration on how to get your home ready for buyers.

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Freshen up your landscaping. Image: ppa/Shutterstock

Pay attention to landscaping

The backbone of every attempt at curb appeal is landscaping. Before putting your home on the market, it’s essential to invest some time (and likely money) into making sure that your lawn looks visually appealing. If you already have a fair amount of landscaping in place, this process should be pretty easy. Simply take stock of any plantings that didn’t fare well over the winter and might need to be replaced. Then, set aside time to do so.

If you’re unhappy with the way your landscaping looks at the moment or you’re starting from scratch, begin by looking for some design inspiration. Then, either look into hiring a landscaper to handle the dirty work or talk to a pro at your local gardening center about what plants you can use to recreate the look.

Once you’re content with the initial setup, it’s important to remember that the key to maintaining great landscaping is consistent upkeep. You’ll want to ensure that you know what it takes to care for all your plantings and that you follow through with all of those tasks as needed. After all, it’s well-kept plants and freshly cut grass that catch buyers’ eyes.

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Bring attention to your walkway. Image: Artazum/Shutterstock

Highlight your walkway

At its core, curb appeal is there to help you welcome buyers into your home. However, that welcoming feeling shouldn’t just begin at your front door. Ideally, it will begin as soon as the potential buyers set foot on your property. With that in mind, if there is a walkway leading to your home from the curb, you’ll want to make sure to highlight it in a way that entices the buyer to come inside.

There are a couple of different ways to do this. First, you can include the walkway in your landscaping plan, similar to what’s shown in the photo above. In this case, either shrubs or flowers would work just fine. Alternatively, you can showcase the walkway using outdoor lights. Last but not least, you can also highlight the walkway by having it made of an alternative material like brick or stone.

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Make your front door into a statement piece. Image: Artazum/Shutterstock

Make the front door pop

That said, your front door also needs to make a statement. It’s the buyer’s introduction to all that your home has to offer, after all. The last thing that you want is to have that crucial feature be viewed as boring or blend in with the rest of the home. Instead, you want it to stand out, so much so that potential buyers and their agents can identify it with just a glance.

The best way to do this is by adding a pop of color to your front door. (As an added bonus, brightly-colored front doors are currently on-trend.) If you’re ready to get in on the look, the good news is that you don’t have to totally replace your existing front door in order to make it happen. Most of the time, all that’s needed is a few coats of paint and primer.

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Showcase your entryway. Image: David Papazian/Shutterstock

Spruce up the entryway

Last but not least, it’s important to remember that the front door doesn’t stand alone. Rather, it’s one component of a larger design: the front entryway. Your goal should be to make sure that the area surrounding your front door feels as welcoming as possible. Ideally, it should make potential buyers feel eager to see what the rest of the house has to offer.

To do that, you can employ a variety of tools. Think about including some plants into the mix like those shown in the photo above. Swap out worn-looking welcome mats for a fresh one and replace older house numbers while you’re at it.