Potential homebuyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. This means that your outdoor landscaping is crucial in preparing for the sales process! An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add a lot of value to your home. Here are our top landscaping tips to improve the curb appeal of your home and help it sell quickly.
Touch up the Mulch
Nothing spruces up a place like a new application of mulch! Apply a fresh layer in all your garden beds to really give your yard that extra little “oomph”. The colour will enhance the contrast of the surrounding plants and make everything really pop. This is one of the best steps to start with because it’s one of those simple changes you get to see immediately.
Plant Some Colour
Seasonal colours really help the landscape draw attention. Luckily annuals are relatively inexpensive, and – like mulch – these changes will be instantly noticeable! We highly recommend going for a splash of several colours if you can, but a more monochromatic scheme can also work, depending on what fits in with the look of your home.
Shape Trees and Shrub
Regardless of the season, it’s a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores around the home. Nothing says neglect to a prospective buyer like a bunch of dead branches throughout the shrubbery. The idea here is to show how well not only your house but your garden has been maintained. It’s a small landscaping tip that makes a big impact on curb appeal.
Tend to Perennial Beds
Tidy up plants like annuals and perennials that are dying or need a trim. If a plant is in such bad shape that it needs to be removed, either replace it or stick a decorative pot in its place. This is also a good time to dig up any plants that you want to take with you to your new home. However, be sure to inform the buyer exactly which plants you plan on digging up, so they aren’t surprised when they move in.
Clean Water Features
This is an important landscaping tip that some sellers forget about. If you have any water features, be sure to get rid of any visible algae, remove leaves, and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear! Like the dead branches mentioned earlier, a water feature that doesn’t look good or function properly can be an instant turnoff for new homebuyers.
By following these relatively simple landscaping tips, you’ll find that your home sets potential buyers in the right mood before they even open the front door! Adding a couple pops of colour, refreshing the mulch, and some pruning will go a long way when selling your home. For more helpful tips and tricks around the home, be sure to follow Falconcrest Homes’ blog series.Tags: Curb Appeal, Home improvement, Landscaping, Landscaping Tips, Savvy owner