Adding Curb Appeal to Your Landscape Before Selling Your Home
Congratulations, you’ve found your long-awaited dream home! But before you can move in, you have to sell your current home. A cozy haven in which you’ve had many a family celebration or quiet evening, your home is, for a potential buyer, just a house. Therefore, enticing buyers to see your home as their own potential home is your goal.
Accomplishing this is a simple matter of making your home so appealing to buyers that they find it irresistible. And adding curb appeal to your landscape before selling your home is one sure way to attract potential buyers. In fact, an attractive landscape can make all the difference in whether a potential buyer becomes the buyer.
Now, before you give up in exasperation, certain that this is far too arduous a task for you to undertake, here’s a secret: creating best landscaping is not difficult. Indeed, the transformation of your front yard from lackluster to lush is a task you can complete in a weekend. Then, the rest is only maintenance.
Here are five suggestions for adding curb appeal to your landscape before selling your home.
Mow and Weed Your Lawn
Regardless of how beautifully decorated and well maintained your home may be inside, buyers will bypass it if is unkempt outside. Mow your lawn weekly and even more often, if your fertilizer is encouraging rapid growth. A neat and well-manicured lawn always looks inviting.
Any bare spots are easily filled with seeds. For sunny areas Bermuda grass is a winner and in shady areas fescues, zoysia and St. Augustine do well. Moreover, since an overgrown lawn filled with weeds is a definite deterrent to selling your home, be sure to pull weeds whenever you see them. Now your lawn is ready for show.
Prune Your Shrubs
Overgrown shrubs obscure your home from view and a home that buyers can’t see won’t sell. That’s where pruning comes in. The foundation of any garden, evergreen shrubs require virtually no effort other than pruning, which is actually quite simple. Just follow the basic shape of the plant and cut away extraneous branches. And contrary to what you still sometimes see, don’t shape your shrubs into balls or boxes. Your goal is to create a neat and pleasing presentation as you prune your shrubs.
Additionally, if you have shrubs directly in front of your home, be sure to prune each shrub individually. This prevents the shrubs from forming a hedge, which is an unattractive look against a home. And, finally, ensure that your home’s windows are visible by keeping the overall height of your shrubs low.
Plant Seasonal Annuals
Now that you’ve taken care of your foundation plants, it’s time to add flowers. Adding color and a bit of pizzazz, seasonal annuals – flowers that bloom continuously throughout the season – are much like jewelry added to your outfit. Planted in your garden, they provide the finishing touch.
Therefore, for low maintenance beauty, select two or three easy-care annuals for your garden. By varying the shapes – a fluffy geranium, a slim, slightly taller salvia and a lacy dusty miller, for example – you add interest and charm. And the added advantage is that these flowers require only sunshine and water. Plus, if you snip the dead blooms as they occur, you’ll be rewarded with even more blossoms.
Stick to one Color for all Flowers
Another hint to bear in mind is that although a colorful garden, abounding in flowers of every hue is a beautiful sight, it also entails a good deal of work. Instead, by selecting one color for all the flowers, you’ll create a cohesive garden of quiet beauty. Buyers love that!
Far from boring, a monochromatic color scheme actually adds depth to your garden, giving the impression of a greater abundance of flowers. Besides, the use of one color enables you to focus on the earlier suggestion of selecting flowers in various shapes.
Water Your Plants
Last, but perhaps most important, is the need to water your plants. An obvious necessity, watering your plants is easily forgotten amidst all the other essentials of preparing a home for sale. Yet, after all the effort you’ve put in, you wouldn’t want to lose that lovely yard to lack of water.
An easy remedy, of course, is rain on a regular basis, enabling you to forego watering the plants yourself. Absent rain, be sure to water three times a week. And a quick spritz before potential buyers arrive will leave your garden sparkling in the sunlight as they approach the front door.
Combined, these five tips are surefire methods for adding curb appeal to your landscape before selling your home.