Curb appeal is how well your house attracts potential buyers. The property your house sits on is the first thing people see when they look at your house. If your yard isn’t well kept, they will assume that your house isn’t either. When selling your house, you want it to pull people in, not push them away.
Attractive landscaping adds value to a house and gives you more negotiating power. The condition of your landscaping will determine how much preparation needs to be done before placing your house for sale. Here are some basic tips for landscaping your house before a sale:
Make sure all grass is green (unless it’s winter) and fertilize or seed where necessary.
Mow the lawn to create a fresh, even appearance.
Trim trees, shrubs, and bushes. Prune and dead-head flowers.
Remove and replace dead trees, shrubs, bushes, or other plants.
Prune or remove any trees or vines that obstruct doors or windows.
Plant flowering annuals that will add color and enhance the surrounding landscape.
Clean water features. Repair damaged irrigation pipes and any faucet leaks.
Repair or replace broken or damaged fencing and concrete. Power wash all surfaces.
When preparing your house for sale, don’t overlook your landscaping. This is a pivotal point of consideration for potential buyers. Your landscaping says a lot about how well you’ve cared for your house. If your landscaping is neglected, overgrown, or in disrepair, potential buyers will wonder if your house was maintained in the same manner.
Another thing to keep in mind when preparing your landscape is to remove and pot any plants you plan to take with you. Replace or cover the area where the plant was located. Once a buyer makes an offer on your house, you should consider all landscaping included in the offer and leave it be unless you obtain approval from the buyer.
This is not the time to make major landscaping overhauls just to please potential buyers. You don’t want to dump a bunch of money into a house you’re preparing for sale. If your landscape is in need of such an overhaul, it will probably be easier for you to just adjust your selling price accordingly. This is the time to simply spruce up your existing landscaping to make it as visually pleasing as possible and draw potential buyers into your front door.