If you’re looking to sell your home quickly and for full market value, don’t neglect your yard. Good landscaping will show buyers that you pay attention to details and that your home is properly maintained overall.
How does landscaping your yard add curb appeal and increase buyer interest?
Maintain Lawn & Pick Up Leaves
Neglecting to pull weeds makes it easier for them to spread and grow and makes your yard look untidy. Commercial products can help to kill weeds while improving the health of plants and grass. For those with lawns, you should water, mow and weed your lawn once a week. Getting your grass aerated a few weeks in advance helps revitalize it, allowing water to absorb closer to the root system rather than running off.
Make Sure the Trees Are Still Alive
Trees that are drooping or missing leaves are a red flag for most buyers. It means that the wood could be infested by insects or that it could fall over. Have any suspect trees inspected and trimmed by an arborist if necessary.
Flowers Add Color
Putting some flowers near the front entrance or elsewhere in the yard can add color without spending a lot of money. To add flexibility for homebuyers, you can buy potted plants that can be removed easily.
Shrubs Add Shade and Privacy
Shrubs or other green plants can create shade on a hot day or add privacy to homes that are close to each other. They are generally easy to maintain and don’t require a lot of water, so they could raise the value of your home. For existing shrubs, ensure they are neatly trimmed and all debris removed from below. Add mulch around all plants to create a finished appearance.
Seal Your Driveway, Deck and Patio
Make sure that you seal or finish all surfaces on which people will walk or drive. This is a good way to prevent weeds from growing in the cracks and may also prevent wood from rotting and becoming a haven for pests. It also makes these surfaces look more attractive. Be sure to keep all walkways, drives and other outdoor areas clean andf ree of debris.
Retaining Walls Provide Definition to Your Yard
A quality retaining wall looks nice and cleanly separates vegetation from other space in your yard. It is perfect for those who like to garden but want to keep kids or animals away from the plants or vegetables that they are growing.
The smallest details can have a large impact on your home’s value. Therefore, it is important that everything looks neat and presentable before a buyer sees it. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and that first impression will influence whether a buyer will make an offer for at or above list price.
Article by Housecall.