Did you know that a home’s curb appeal adds 10% to its value?
That’s a fact that many home sellers are not aware of. What usually happen is that the outdoor landscaping often gets overlooked or not completed because people tend to focus on interiors.
We always tell our clients that to be able to get a faster sale, they should create or maintain an attractive outdoor landscape. It is the first thing that prospect buyers see before they step in your front door anyway! And if you want to make a good impression, set aside a small portion of your time sprucing up the front yard.
Below are some practical and inexpensive landscaping tips that you can easily start doing today.
#1 Spruce up outdoor containers
Container plants, especially large tropics are a great addition to a house’s front yard. These refreshing outdoor ornaments can be placed on patios and doorways. They also encourage the buyer with endless possibilities for designing with container plants.
#2 Apply a new layer of mulch.
Touch up your garden beds by applying a fresh layer of mulch. This will instantly give your garden a bright new look and refreshing vibe. It makes everything pop, it’s easy to use and very affordable.
#3 Add a splash of color
Who doesn’t like flowers? This summer, seasonals are great and can provide amazing colors but if you prefer plants that keep their leaves all year long, flowering evergreen shrubs are your best choice. Or it doesn’t have to be lots of colors. It actually depends on the look and feel of your home. You can go for a monochromatic theme if that’s what you prefer.
#4 Trim and shape overgrown trees and shrubs
No matter what season it is, don’t skip on the pruning chores. Shape unsightly overgrown plants and remove dead branches. It is important to show buyers how well maintained your home is inside and out.
#5 Tend to perennial beds
Plants that come back year after year are a good investment but if it happens that they don’t good look as they should, don’t hesitate to dig them up or stick a decorative pot on its place instead.
#6 Amp up your water features
Remove any visible algae, get rid of fallen leaves, and clean filters regularly to make the water crystal clear. If you have a fountain, surround its ground with flowery foliage for a nicer touch.
#7 Be on top of any irrigation issues
Irrigation repairs can be quite expensive and you don’t want the buyer to shoulder that, unless they agreed on it. Provide your buyer with the irrigation schedule and instructions on how the system operates, especially if it is automatic.
#8 Faucet leaks? Yikes!
Leaking faucets may suggest other bigger problems in your water system and that is a turn off to potential buyers. Get a plumbing expert to fix leaking faucets and check if there’s a bigger problem that needs immediate attention.
#9 Label your plants
Have you considered labeling your plants? Well, we highly suggest that you do because your next buyer could probably be a gardening enthusiast. Create a plant inventory with pictures of every plant you have in it, flowering or non flowering. This will help them assess the growing needs of these plants and make garden redecorating easier for them.
#10 Power wash dirty surfaces
You don’t have to buy a power washer. You can rent it or borrow from a friend since you won’t use it on a daily basis. A power washer can make paved surfaces look new and shiny by removing grime and hard to remove dirt.
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