Landscaping Tips That Can Help Sell Your Home

May 22, 2017

Potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. Yet often a home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone in the preparation for listing a home. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.  It’s the May long weekend so it’s a perfect time to start cleaning up your yard. Here are some tips for sprucing up your yard to help your home sell quickly.

Plant some instant colour.

Planters with flowers add considerable interest to patios and doorways where would-be buyers enter and exit the house.  Seasonal colour makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are relatively inexpensive.  Go for a splash of several colours or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home.

Touch up the mulch.

Nothing spruces up a place like a new application of mulch, so apply a fresh layer in all your garden beds.  The colour enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything pop and mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply.

Shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs.

It’s a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores because nothing says neglect like a bunch of dead branches.  The idea is to show how well not only your house but your yard has been maintained.

Power-wash dirty surfaces.

Consider buying or renting a power washer to clean paved surfaces.  With very little time or effort, you can make grungy, grimy surfaces look brand-spanking new.  Power washers also do a great job of cleaning fences, as well as brick and vinyl siding.