First impressions count, especially when you’re selling your home. Most homebuyers have many options, and whether they’re browsing a real estate website or looking for “for sale” signs while driving, their first look at your home is likely to come from the curb. Whether you’re putting your home on the market or just want to impress the neighbors, here are some simple ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Paint and wash

A new coat or color of paint for the door, trim and shutters on your home is a simple way to make an impact. Consider a color that’s bold but not gaudy and complements the other hues of your house. If your siding, gutters, patio or driveway is looking dingy, a good pressure washing can help restore its original beauty.

Upgrade fixtures and hardware

Exterior lights. Door handles. House numbers. The mailbox. Are the ones on your home stylish, practical and functional? If not, upgrading them could be an efficient way to boost your home’s appeal. When choosing what to replace and what to replace it with, consider any painting the job may require and how well the new items will mount in their predecessors’ place.

Landscape or garden

Add new life to your home with actual life by using plants. Flowerpots, window boxes, garden plots, shrubs or even a new tree can lend color, contrast and liveliness to your property. Keep in mind how the plants will look and the maintenance they will require throughout the year as well as how large they will eventually grow.

With these modest investments, your home will be more likely to catch the kind of positive attention you want.