When it comes to buying a home, the attraction of love at first sight is highly valued among potential new home owners.

If you are selling your home, curb appeal will help attract potential buyers. Often, when purchasing a new home, buyers will decide whether or not to look further based on the home’s curb appeal. According to Curb Appeals Landscape Design Company, 80 percent of purchasers take their first glance at the home on the Internet. If the “curbscape” is unappealing, the buyer doesn’t look any further.

If you are considering selling your home, here are a few useful tips to improve your home’s value: First, take a step a across the street and take a panoramic view (and photo) of your home and surrounding property. What is your first impression of your home and landscape? What areas look good and which could be enhanced or improved upon? Take note of your home’s worst features and start your project list there. Not all buyers can visualize a home’s potential so it’s worth taking the time and effort to make a few improvements.

Take a good look at your home’s entrance. An attractive, well-landscaped walkway can add a warm invitation to a home. Create a path that is clear, well maintained and adequately lit.

A well landscaped home should also offer curb appeal in the evening. Consider placing good outdoor lighting around your homes entrance and walkway.

Outdoor painting is a great way to improve the look of your home. Check the home’s doors, trim and decks for areas that need to be painted. A solid and beautiful front door can be among your home’s best investment. If a new door isn’t in the budget, painting your front door an attractive colour and upgrading existing hardware, or adding leaded glass inserts, can make a dramatic difference.

Replacing windows and doors can be an expensive but worthwhile investment. Most buyers would rather pay more for a home in good condition than acquire a home with a lengthy list of needed renovations.

When it comes to the exterior property, clear away the clutter and make sure that your lawn and garden is clean and tidy. A lawn that is weed-free and neatly mowed will show a buyer that the home is well cared for. Check that overgrown trees and shrubs are pruned and well maintained. Adorn your home with outdoor seasonal flowers including planters, window boxes and hanging baskets around your home’s exterior. Sometimes less appealing areas of the home can have drastic improvements with the simple addition of plants and flowers.

This summer, why not try a little “curbscaping” your home? Take a look at your home’s best and worst features and entertain new ideas to transform your home’s curb appeal. Even if you are not selling your home, curbscaping is a great way to improve upon the value of your home.