You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one. That first impression sets the mood for their entire visit to your home and they start forming their opinion of the house as soon as they pull up to the curb. There are several things you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home and here are a few of the best options.

1: Edge the Driveway

What’s a driveway? Well, it’s a boring slab of asphalt that people park their car on. Make it into something more visually appealing by installing a border using bricks, pavers, stone, or a combination thereof to give your driveway a clean, elegant look.

2: Sidewalk Lights

Installing some soft, warm lights along the sidewalk not only makes your home look warm and inviting, but illuminates a path for guests to come and go after dusk, increasing their safety. It also increases home security as it helps reduce dark spots around the house, as well as highlighting any landscaping that you’ve done to the yard.

3: Flowers

On the subject of landscaping, flowers can go a long way toward improving the curb appeal of your home, especially on West Phoenix real estate. In the middle of the desert, it’s not always easy to cultivate flora, so be sure to ask at your local nursery what flowers will do well in this climate. Getting perennials will save you from having to plant new flowers every year.

4: Hide Dead Spots

Several of the houses for sale in Surprise, Goodyear, and other neighborhoods have grass lawns. It’s a nice luxury to have in the Phoenix area, but can be a detriment if you also have a tree or two in the yard. The combination of shade and hungry roots grabbing water and nutrients from the soil tends to starve out other plants in the immediate area. You can cover this up by putting mulch down around the tree, which helps retain moisture for the roots (about 2 inches should do) and makes a nice, healthy looking bed for the tree.

5: New Garage Door

More than just a place to park your car, the garage is a large portion of the front surface of your home. If you have an old, dilapidated garage door, it may be wise to replace it. Modern garage doors are better insulated, making your home more energy efficient, and are stronger, which improves home security. Not only that, but your home will look that much nicer.