By SUSAN MASSA BROKER ASSOC.
KELLER WILLIAMS PREMIER PROPERTIES
Here are a few tips to add value and curb appeal with attractive plantings and well-maintained landscape:
Potential home buyers form their first impression of your home from its curb appeal. Yet the home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, when preparing your home to sell.
Ideally the time to get started cleaning up your yard is weather permitting and about a month before you plan on showing your house. That should give you enough time to get everything looking just right and not leave the impression that you simply waited until the last minute to put things in order. Here are a few tips for sprucing up your yard to help your home sell quickly.
Spruce up the outdoors with container pots they are portable and create attractive design on the lawn or patio or deck. Container plants, especially large palm plant, adds considerable interest to patios and doorways where potential buyers enter and exit the house. Color is also a way to provide interest Use Flowering plants that are in season to take you thru the spring summer season. If it’s Autumn you can never go wrong with Mums Montauk Daisies Sun Flowers. Such displays also demonstrate the endless possibilities for designing with container plants.
Touch up the mulch. This is a must your gardens especially around the foundation of the home add drama. The vibrant t flowers or shrubs against the back drop of rich black mulch. It’s a classic look and is inexpensive but provides that WOW factor.
Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. Go for a splash of several colors or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home.
Do you have a water fountain or a water feature that can sit next to a garden patio, so the sounds of the water can be heard while relaxing in the sun? Add some beautiful stone even a small elevated stone wall with lush green plants making it pleasant for the eyes, as well.
Regular Maintenance goes without saying Shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs. Regardless of the season, 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 give the impression you have maintained the home inside and out. It’s okay to prune deciduous trees and shrubs any time of the year.
Perennial beds. Are the jewels. Tidy up your annuals and your perennials if they don’t look good trim prune or pull out and replace.
Take care of any irrigation issues, you are lucky if you have one.
If there are any problems with an irrigation system, fix them. Irrigation system repairs can be expensive, and you don’t want to lay the cost of those repairs on the buyer. Provide information about your irrigation schedule, especially if you have an automatic system. Include instructions as to how the system operates and recommend the same watering schedule that’s worked for you.
Repair faucet leaks. A leaking faucet suggests that there may be other problems elsewhere in the plumbing, and that can be an instant turn-off to buyers.
Consider labeling as many plants as possible especially if it’s an herb garden and or vegetable garden. That way the buyer will at least know the name of each plant and can then research their growing needs. Also consider creating a complete plant inventory in scrapbook form and leaving it out on a table for prospective buyers to browse through as they tour your home. This relatively simple step can have a powerful effect on buyers, whether they’re gardeners or not.
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.
The outside needs to be as pristine and beautiful as your interior and you will appreciate the effort and so will you buyer.