Hundreds of homeowners in our area are currently selling homes. If you are one of those people, you understand how difficult it can be. It’s hard to sell a home when you can’t even get prospective buyers through the front door to look at the house. Curb appeal is the first impression that a buyer often gets when deciding whether to pursue a specific house. This shows us the importance of a nice looking and well maintained landscape. We’ve compiled a list of a few cost effective ways to spruce up your curb appeal to attract more buyers and ultimately increase the value of the home.
Attractive Landscaping Requires a Good Design
It’s important when adding landscaping to the front of your house that you do so with the future in mind. We understand that the small maple tree you buy from the local garden center might look great right next to the front door now but many buyers will know that that maple tree will grow to be 30’-40’ tall and ultimately create a problem. Also, it’s important to pay attention to each plant’s needs in regards to watering, sunlight and maintenance. For instance, you wouldn’t want to plant a row of shade loving hydrangea across the front of a home that gets full sun. It may look good for a week or two but you’ll soon see leaves starting to burn and wilt giving you two options, replace them with a different plant costing you more time and money or let them go and risk potential buyers looking past your house due to dead/dying plants. It’s important to do this right the first time by contacting a professional to pick the right plants for the space.
Clean it Up
A single dead shrub, a dead limb on a tree or even a few weeds in beds can have a large impact on the overall curb appeal of the home. Doing a few maintenance items here and there is important to keep a healthy looking landscape that a prospective buyer would feel good about and confident maintaining into the future. Edging and mulching your plant beds might be the best way to make your house stand out from the rest. New mulch will allow the plants and house to stand out even more and prevent weed growth. If you are selling in the spring or summer installing some annual flowers when mulching will add a great pop of color and help your house stand out.
Have a Healthy Lawn
Everyone wants a great front yard that they are proud of. If you know that your house will be going on the market in the near future, plan ahead and make sure your lawn is looking its best at that time. First, get your lawn on a fertilization program to “green” it up and promote healthy growth. Second, fill in the patchy or bare areas. This can be done by either spot seeding or aerating and overseeding the entire lawn. It’s best to do the seeding in the spring or fall when the growing conditions are most favorable so plan ahead.