The most often-heard phrase in real estate is “location, location, location.” Right behind that is curb appeal for those looking to sell their home..
What is Curb Appeal?
The idea behind curb appeal is you want to put your best foot forward when selling. First impressions truly do make a difference. When a potential buyer first views a house, you want them to have a “wow” moment, not an “uh oh” or even “meh” moment.
What landscaping can you do that has the most impact? Consider the following.
Clean It Up
The first step is to clean and neaten what you have. Mow the lawn and trim the edges. Fill in rough patches of lawn with seed. Pressure wash the outside to make everything clean. Trim the bushes and hedges. While this takes work, it puts your home in the best possible light.
Outdoor Plant Containers
You’ll want to spruce these up. Colorful plants help to liven up a home’s front porch, patio and doorways. Not only does it add a splash of color and beauty to the home, it also gives potential buyers ideas about how they could use these containers. That’s a good thing.
Lay Down Mulch
It’s amazing how fresh mulch can spruce up the flower beds around a house. Fresh mulch shows you care about how the flower beds look as it makes the color of the plants “pop.” This also is a relatively inexpensive and not too labor-intensive way to increase curb appeal.
Paint and Make Repairs
Outside patio areas and porches are excellent features for homes. But that’s not the case if they are dirty or poorly maintained. Take out any broken or cracked paving stones and replace them. Pressure wash the patio and any walkways. Then, do some painting touch ups to make the area looks fresh and new.
When potential buyers walk out the back of the house, you don’t want them to look at a bare yard and fence. Consider adding small touches that make the backyard look more like an oasis. You don’t want to spend much money here. But a few well-placed chairs, tables and maybe an attractive statue or two can make the area look like a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. That’s an idea you want to put into a potential buyer’s mind.
Don’t Go Overboard
It’s easy to get caught up into trying to make landscaping improvements. One important issue to keep in mind is that you don’t want to spend money that you won’t recoup in the sale. Another is that you don’t want to overwhelm potential buyers with a yard that is “too busy.” Clean, tidy and simple are the words to keep in mind. The outside should look inviting and comfortable, not like a plant greenhouse. Much like you do on the inside of the house, remove the clutter and keep it neat.
Follow these tips and you can significantly raise both the curb appeal and backyard appeal of your home. It takes effort and a little money. However, the potential return on your investment makes the effort worthwhile.