Did you know that landscaping can make the difference of thousands of dollars in the selling price on your home? It’s considered to be one of the most cost-effective investments you can make when getting your home ready for market!
Power of the First Impression
First impressions matter, so don’t wait to make a good one until after the prospective buyer is in the front door. Otherwise, they may never get there!
Home buyers know that a well-cared for landscape – whether it’s simply a lush lawn or a dramatic floral garden, indicates a home owner that maintains their home: inside and out. Not only that, but home buyers are much less likely to pay top dollar for a property when it’s immediately apparent that they’ll need to pour hundreds to thousands of dollars into the landscape to get it into shape. When it all comes down to it – the neater and cleaner your landscaping is, the better your chance of a sell.
If you aren’t sure if you’re landscape is up to snuff, ask yourself these questions:
- If I were the buyer, would this landscaping be attractive enough to get me in the door? If the answer is no, ask yourself what would be, and work towards that!
- Is my landscaping comparable to my neighbors and the rest of the neighborhood? If not, what could you do to bring your yard on par without breaking the bank?
- Are there parts of the landscape that could detract from the value of my home? Examples of detracting elements would be dead trees, overgrown shrubs blocking pathways and windows – anything that could be considered hazardous or a nuisance
Looking for ideas to freshen up your home’s ‘first impression’? Stop by our Pinterest board: Tehandon’s Entry Ways for tips and ideas!
Improving Your Curb Appeal, and Sales Price!
Regardless of whether you’re selling last minute or are preparing your home for market a year in advance, there are a few key, simple things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal.
- Mow regularly – A healthy lawn that’s well maintained should be 3-4 inches tall: too much taller and it starts to look shaggy, while cutting it shorter stresses the turf and leaves it more vulnerable to damage and disease.
- Mulch & Edge the beds – These simple, one time efforts give your yard a professional look while significantly cutting down on the amount of weeding you’ll need to do throughout the warmer months. For best results, create a 3-4 inch deep edge around planting beds to retain both water and mulch. Then, remove mature weeds before applying a 2-3 inch layer of mulch to planting beds.
- Plant Annuals – Annuals are a fantastic, inexpensive investment that will add color, interest, and even fragrance around the house. Stop by your local home improvement or garden center and pick up a mix of colors and heights to create an eye-catching arrangement. Just make sure to watch the sunshine and water requirements – accidentally planting a shade plant in full sun is a waste of money, no matter how good your intentions were!
- Trim Overgrown Shrubs and Trees – Overgrown plants tend to make the yard or house look smaller than it really is, and their shaggy, unhealthy appearance will count as a ‘con’ on most home buyer’s lists. While you can trim/prune these plants yourself, we recommend that you hire a professional instead. Pruning shrubs and trees the wrong way, or at the wrong time, can send a plant into shock or open it up to potentially fatal pests and diseases. Spend a few bucks to take advantage of a professional’s knowledge and skill; you’ll be glad you did!
Selling Last Minute?
Hire a professional landscape company to do a one-time landscape clean-up. A good crew can typically work wonders on a property in one day for a couple hundred bucks: Mowing, edging, mulching, pruning, and even clear away the resulting lawn debris, leaving you with a tidy landscape that’s easy to keep up with during your hectic moving preparations.