If you’re planning to sell your home during the warmer, “outdoor” season, pay close attention to your “outdoor rooms” — the front and back yards. The front yard should be the red carpet to your front door and will help create curb appeal. The rear yard can also make a positive, first impression with attractive landscaping. Remember, buyers need to be impressed by the outside before they will look inside your home.
Questions to consider about your current landscaping:
- Is your yard well maintained with trimmed shrubs and attractive flowers?
- Have you pulled all of the weeds and added mulch?
- Do you have an nice seating area outside?
- Is your deck or patio in good shape?
Not all buyers will be avid gardeners and may be looking for low-maintenance landscaping, but, in general, most buyers see an extensively landscaped yard as a plus. (Remember, just don’t overdo it or you may scare off buyers who do not want to spend hours in their yard.)
Have a small yard? Don’t worry – even small green spaces can look appealing and attractive. You may need to think more in terms of container gardening if you do not have a lot of yard for landscaping or flowers.
Smaller, starter homes with nice landscaping create more visual appeal that hopefully turn into purchase offers. For higher-priced homes, there will be an expectation of quality landscaping from buyers.
Some ideas when updating your landscaping:
- Planting perennials offer a future low-maintenance solution to gardening.
- Fresh mulch always has curb appeal and provides contrast to green or colorful plants.
- Pruning trees or bushes keeps the landscape looking fresh. Be sure to tailor back overgrown areas that block the front door or windows.
- When adding shrubs, avoid “one of this” and “one of that” — masses of three or more look better and will smooth out the look of the landscaping.
- Have a healthy lawn in the front.
- Add lights! Lighting along a driveway or highlighting landscaping or the home’s exterior can create a beautiful aura to your home in the evening.
Need inspiration for your landscaping endeavors? Look at homes already on the real estate market!