Many homeowners interested in selling their homes quickly, and at a profit, invest in landscaping. Patios, pergolas and recreational areas increase a home’s value. A carefully planned front yard creates a unique stand-out, especially in subdivision styled neighborhoods. Even if you lacked the foresight or the funds to create a stunning landscape you can still find techniques to spruce up your hum-drum yard.
Prune shrubs. Consider removing overgrown and misshapen plantings entirely. Cover stumps and depressed areas with mulch or beauty bark, decorative stones or gravel.
Your rose covered trellis, which looks so romantic to you, may appear fussy to potential buyers. Avoid the whimsical. Clear your garden and lawn of anything that bespeaks of too much personality. Future owners want to make their own mark on the space, so even if you move with your garden gnomes the new inhabitants will certainly be haunted by their ghosts. The effect to strive for? Clean, fresh and open space.
Once your area is clear, assess your space; not just from your porch but from the street as well. You will notice that most home landscapes cling to the house’s edges. Flowerbeds, hedges and vines run alongside the house but fail to utilize their full potential. Extend existing landscapes by planting long-blooming annuals along walkways leading from the street to the house. Flowerbeds which border sidewalks allow potential buyers to visualize how much land comes with the house. Annual flowers are an inexpensive and bright way to highlight your property’s borders and boundaries.
Consider your home’s color before purchasing flowers. Choose a color which either accents or compliments your home’s tone.
Bare foundations, duct-work and other eyesores are easily disguised by potted plants. Planters are available in many styles and sizes. Container gardens can be planted within a few hours to a few days, much quicker than attempting to grow full-size plants from the ground up. Full containers provide a sense of life and vibrancy to an otherwise dull area. Choose plants with height for the container’s center, then plant mid-range flowers halfway between the center and rim. Along the rim choose trailing varieties.
Buyers can get a feel for the space and enjoy the flowers without having to worry about a high maintenance landscape, which they may not have time for or interest in.
If people are judged by their shoes then houses are certainly judged by their lawns. An unmaintained lawn is indicative of a poorly maintained home. Fill in bare and patchy lawns with sod. If you are unaware of the type of grass growing out front, dig up a small swatch and take it to a lawn and garden center. Employees will be able to identify the type and supply you with necessary filler sod. They can also let you know the best blade length for your lawn. Some grasses look best with six-inch long blades while others must be shorn to two-inches. Don’t assume that short is best. You want your lawn to appear lush and cared-for.
Mature trees add to property value, but make certain the tree is well-maintained. Hire an arborist to remove dead limbs.
Choose simple, neutral pieces. Pedestal birdbaths and Japanese sculpture create clean, simple lines. You want your buyers to feel inspired by the space, not overwhelmed with aesthetic noise.
Once you have cleared, highlighted, maintained, camouflaged and decorated your yard be certain to take buyers on a stroll through the yard. Give them a sense of ownership and space in the area you have prepared for them.