Improving the curb appeal of your home can be as simple or intense as you like but the more you put into it, the better the chance of attracting a buyer. For front yard landscaping, the goal is to make your house look as inviting as possible: highlighting driveways and walkways with flowerbeds or potted plants on the borders, sweeping the sidewalk and walkway, keeping the lawn neatly trimmed and edged. Remember, though, that while the yard does a lot for appeal, it's the house people are here to see. Make sure gutters are clean, you've taken in the garbage cans from the morning pick-up, and you've touched up the paint job.
Curb appeal has become a whole industry within real estate. Several television shows have dedicated entire episodes to explaining and demonstrating the importance of curb appeal and how to best achieve it. There was even a show called Curb Appeal that aired on HGTV. Curb appeal has become so prominent that there is even software available that lets you virtually alter your front yard to see the changes before even touching a rake or hammer. A bit much, I think, when all you really need is some hard work and gardening gloves, but the point is still the same: In order to get people out of their car to see your house, it has to look good from the curb.