Sometimes the inside of a home blows potential buyers away, but they leave a showing remembering how the curb appeal - or lack of - was a major downside.

Every homeowner who wants to put their property on the market should take steps to avoid this situation, and the first impressions could often be the last thing on peoples' minds as they review their options.

Bad curb appeal might also be indicative of larger problems, and a home inspection could point out where upgrades need to be made. Improving curb appeal should be at the top of the list before anyone puts their house on the market.

Prevent problems from ruining curb appeal

While cleaning up the outside of a property is a good place to start when boosting curb appeal, that isn't where the task ends. In fact, there are a number of elements that contribute to the overall look and value of a home. 

Jim Griffith, owner of Griffith Construction Inc., recently explained several concerning areas to The exterior of a property should be looked over carefully, as people are more cautious before making an offer.

"Buyers are a lot smarter than they were in the past," Griffith told the news source. "They are looking for problems. In the end, everyone is looking for a home to be neat, clean, and safe."

Curb appeal tips include sealcoating the driveway to improve appearances, as well as fixing up the front stoop, Griffith noted. As a home ages, the steps and sidewalk could shift.

A property inspection is a good method for homeowners to figure out if something such as this has become a problem.

Steps to improve curb appeal

The value of a home is closely tied to the curb appeal, and that means every homeowner should take simple steps to fix this area before selling. 

The earlier the better before listing, and it might take as much as a month in advance to get a property ready, according to HGTV. Plants around the front of a house provide a quick upgrade, and placing these near the front door and patio may increase buyer interest.

In addition, adding color is crucial for any home. It helps to focus on seasonal trends, such as warm oranges and reds during the fall. Smart homeowners blend color choices into the overall theme of the house, HGTV noted.

In some cases, overgrown plants, tress and shrubs may damage a house. Before selling, a home inspection professional might point out any hazards that could impede a sale.