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Makeover your Landscape to Sell your Home Fast


When the time comes to sell your home, most homeowners pay careful attention to touching up the inside of their home to maximize its selling potential. While that is certainly important, giving your landscape a makeover can be just as important to attracting prospective buyers. It is always important to remember how critical first impressions can be to buyers when they are reviewing possible homes to buy. In order for a buyer to see how wonderful the inside of your home looks, they need to find the outside appealing. If a buyer isn't impressed with outside conditions of your home, they may decide to keep looking and never even see the inside. Curb appeal is absolutely essential when you are trying to attract buyers.

So, what can you do to boost the appeal of your home's exterior? One of the first things you need to do is make sure you have plenty of attention grabbing color. Freshen up your flower beds or have some planted if you do not already have them. While this can certainly be an investment that may even cost a few hundred dollars, the return is well worth it. Overall, sellers that invest a few hundred dollars on their landscaping can expect to recoup a few thousand dollars when they sell.

You also need to pay careful attention to your grass. Buyers today are on the lookout for homes with a large expanse of lush green grass as well as shrubbery. Planning to sell during the winter time? If so, it can be well worth it to have some evergreens installed. Take the time to carefully maintain them and keep them looking nice and you will be able to reap the benefits in increased interest from buyers.

It should always be kept in mind that not only will your home be noticed by prospective buyers driving by your home, but also by buyers looking online. A great majority of prospective buyers today are now first looking online before they ever even call to schedule an appointment for a showing. You can rest assured that if the pictures of your home posted online reflect an unkempt exterior that not only will buyers expect to pay less than the asking price, they may not even call for an appointment at all.

In addition to making certain that your lawn and flower beds look appealing, you also need to make certain that your entryway is appealing as well. Nothing draws the eye more to an entryway than a splash of color. Try painting your front door a bold and attention-grabbing color, such as red. You might also consider setting out some pots of flowers by the front entrance that reflects plenty of color.

Step back from your home and make sure the front entrance can be easily seen. There should never be anything that blocks the front entrance or the windows. Trim back trees and shrubbery. This is actually one of the most common mistakes that many homeowners make; covering the front entry area with overgrown trees and shrubs. Spend some time cutting them back so the entry can be easily seen and find out what a difference it can make.

Remember that in most areas, it is still a buyer's market. This means you must keep your finger on the pulse of what is in-demand among buyers. When it comes to landscaping, the current trend is low-maintenance. Review your current landscaping with a critical eye and consider whether your landscaping falls into that category. If not, it might be worth it to consult with a landscape designer regarding an overhaul. Hiring a professional can also be beneficial if your landscaping is currently beyond repair. In some cases, the best course of action is to simply start over and bring in new sod. On a budget and can't afford to re-sod the entire yard? Try aerating it and placing weed-n-feed. When watered properly and carefully nursed, this can be an excellent solution to a lawn in need when you are on a small budget.

Given the current state of the housing market in many areas, homeowners looking to sell today must find ways to stand out from the competition. Ensuring your landscaping pops with plenty of color and has attention grabbing curb appeal is one of the best things you can do to nab the interest of buyers. Although you may need to make an investment, you can usually easily recoup such an investment when you do sell.


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