If you’re looking to sell your home, then you probably already know the importance of curb appeal. The outside of your home gives potential homebuyers their first impression of the property and can mean the difference between a buyer choosing to make an offer or choosing to keep on driving by. There are a lot of things that you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home, but which ones actually help get your home sold? Here are the top 5 landscaping tips from HGTV that will help enhance your curb appeal and sell your home.
HGTV advises that you should start working on your landscaping before you post pictures of your home online or in newspapers, and about a month before you plan on showing your house. Allowing a month in between landscaping and showing will allow you to have everything in perfect order and looking the way it should be.
1. Adding container plants near doors and on decks/patios gives buyers a great first impression of the house. Consider having some large tropical plants placed near your doorways and/or on the patio where potential buyers enter and exit the house. Picking plants that exemplify seasonal colors is also a great way to make your landscape pop and leave potential buyers with an impression they won’t soon forget – plus colorful plants don’t have to be expensive, so you can spend relatively little money and still get a great result.
2. Tend to the plants. If you have trees or bushes that are overgrown or dying, potential buyers will think that you have been neglectful to your yard (and maybe even your house!). Most buyers aren’t looking to take on a project like reviving dead bushes or paying to have trees removed, so make sure you take care of all of that ahead of time. Prune bushes and trees that need it and take down anything that’s dead. The same goes for your perennial beds. If some of your plants are in bad shape or don’t look like they should, they need to be removed. Try planting something else in its place or adding a decorative pot in the area.
3. Have new mulch laid. New mulch has a nice, rich, dark color that will enhance the colors of your plants and will give buyers the impression that you take really great care of your yard. Putting down new mulch is a fairly inexpensive and easy task, but one that will yield great results!
4. Fix any water issues. If you have a pond, fountain, or any other water piece in your yard, make sure that you get rid of any visible algae, remove leaves from the water, and clean filters when necessary so that the water is crystal clear. A dirty or malfunctioning water piece can be a real turnoff for buyers. Similarly, if there are any leaky faucets (your hose perhaps?), be sure to have that fixed before you show the home.
5. Dirty surfaces need to be cleaned thoroughly. Decks (wood and concrete) and driveways are especially susceptible to scum build up, so consider buying or renting a power washer to really clean these surfaces. Power washers are great for turning scummy, dirty surfaces into brand-new looking surfaces. You can also use a power washer to clean vinyl siding and some types of fencing.
For more tips on landscaping your yard to sell, check out the original article from HGTV.