|Spruce up your Landscaping before Selling|
Without a doubt, first impressions count and can be the deciding factor in whether you achieve a quick house sale or not. A good landscaping highlights the outdoor space beautifully while providing more aesthetic value to your home. Sometimes a good amount of additional living space can be added with some outdoor landscaping features that not only increase the home’s value but also maximize how a homeowner can use that space.
Follow these tips for sprucing up your yard to help your home sell quickly.
Stay objective. Buying and selling a home is an emotional process. When preparing your home, try to keep your emotions in check. Remember, this is a business transaction. Once you decide to sell, you need to start looking at your house through the eyes of a potential buyer.
Take cues from neighboring yards. Take a walk around your neighborhood. How does your landscape compare to others in your neighborhood. Make sure any changes made to your landscape reflect and blend in with the historical and cultural heritage of your neighborhood.
Freshen existing landscaping. Keep your lawn short and tidy so that buyers can easily walk around and examine the exterior of your home. Weed flowers beds and repair or replace any damaged sod.
Plant some instant colour. Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. Go for a splash of several colours or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home.
Touch up the mulch. Apply a fresh layer in all your garden beds. The colour enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything pop.
Trim overgrown trees and shrubs. An easy way to spruce up your landscaping is to prune up any overgrown trees or shrubs near the home. This will not only make your home look nicer, but it can also highlight its architecture.
Tend to flower beds. Remove or replace any unhealthy plant. If a plant is in such bad shape that it needs to be removed, either replace it or stick a decorative pot in its place.
Create outdoor seating. If you don't already have one, create a simple seating area outdoors so buyers can imagine themselves enjoy the yard and garden with their families.
Spruce up outdoor containers. Placing containers around doorways can add interest where buyers will be entering and exiting the house. This can go a long way in improving the house’s appeal.
Now is also a good time to dig up any plants that you want to take with you to your new home. If you intend to remove any landscape plants and haven't already done so, you have an obligation to inform the buyer exactly which plants you plan on digging up.