There are a variety of ways to increase the curb appeal of a home before selling. With a little time and effort, homeowners will put themselves in a better position to make a sale, not to mention make their home a little nicer to live in for the remainder of their time as owners.

While selling a home can seem like a daunting task, planning effectively and taking on some improvements will make all the difference. The start of spring is the perfect time of year to get a property ready to sell. As the weather improves, buyers usually shop for homes in high numbers. However, to increase the odds of making a sale and getting a property ready for a home inspection, owners should follow some maintenance tips.

Add a fresh coat of paint

A faded or poor paint job makes a room unsightly. Luckily, this can be an easy fix. Adding a fresh coat will brighten a room and make it look like new. For a low price - a bucket of paint and some brushes - a room can be completely transformed. And homeowners can paint rooms on their own, without hiring professionals, thereby saving money while improving the look of their home.

Repair or replace the mailbox

A mailbox can get overlooked by owners, but it's something a home buyer will likely notice. Replacing or fixing it will ensure a home is more inviting to a buyer. As a mailbox is one of the first things someone will see, it's important for it to make a good first impression.

Maintain the landscape

A lawn is another focal point a potential buyer will see early on, so it's critical for it to look nice. Hiring a professional landscaping company before an open house is a good way to prepare. However, to save money, maintenance can be done by a homeowner instead. Mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and edging will all help win over a buyer.

Deep clean the inside

Homeowners should start by ridding a house of clutter. This will improve the look of a home while also allowing a buyer to prepare rooms for deep cleaning. Once clutter is gone, it's time to break out the cleaning supplies. From the kitchen to the bathrooms, a homeowner should thoroughly clean every room in a home to prepare it for a sale.