Selling a home is never an easy task. It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and initially expensive. It’s also hard to look at our own homes from the buyers perspective. After years of living in a home, we grow accustomed to the way it looks and we can easily forget how potential buyers might see it from a different point of view. In a seller’s market, buyers are less likely to nit pick at the little details.
When it comes down to it, you want to maximize your profits by attracting as many offers as possible. As they say, we only get one chance at first impressions, so it’s important to make it count. Often times yards can make or break the sales of your home. Keeping up with yard maintenance is no easy task. trimming is essential for healthy trees.
Often we pour our time, energy and money on the basics, such as painting and new carpet. While those things are very important, we often overlook our landscaping. Which in reality is important to focus on, since buyers see the outside of the home before they see the inside. A thriving and healthy landscape can increase the sales price of your home by as much as 5.5% to 12.7% more, according to research at Virginia Tech.
Life is busier now than it’s ever and keeping up with yard maintenance is no easy feat. Mowing, trimming, watering etc. are essential for a healthy landscape (Hiring a landscaper can take these tasks off of your hands). Dying or dead branches, overgrowth, and yellow grass – can send the wrong message to buyers. Not to mention overgrown tree roots are another cause for concern, as they might cause damage to concrete or plumbing. We are here to help!
Here are some affordable landscaping ideas to make your home more appealing to potential buyers
1. Lawn Care Pays-off
A green lawn goes a long way in raking in more money for your home. Weeding, seeding, and feeding your lawn can help grass revive very quickly. So start watering the lawn and cutting the grass, trimming shrubs, and pruning hedges. Here’s a helpful video link that helps explain how to revive your lawn if you’ve dropped the ball on routine lawn care. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTHBZt5x-BI. If keeping care of a a lawn seems like it may be too much work for you, consider xeriscaping. This type of landscaping conserves water and is easy to maintain!
2. Trimming and Pruning
Dead tree limbs are eyesores and detract from the beauty of your home. Tree trimming and pruning takes only a few minutes to do and can freshen up the look of your home. Here’s a helpful video that helps explain tree trimming and pruning in a nut-shell in more details. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LiWRXrC9So
3. Replace Old or Add New Mulch
Adding mulch to your yard is a quick and affordable way to liven the look and feel of your yard. It adds color and character to the overall landscape. One thing that you can be assured of is that it looks better than dead grass or dirt. Mulch comes in many different colors and textures. There are even some companies that recycle old rubber and tires to create artificial mulch, which helps divert trash from landfills.
4. Repair Broken Fencing
Fencing is many times overlooked by sellers but not by buyers. There is no need to go overboard on this area. Simply replacing old rotting and broken sections can reassure buyers that your their potential new home won’t need much extra work. If you really want to go big, have a local fencing company pressure wash and stain your fence. The cost can be as low as $500 to do. It’s a small investment worth looking into.
5. Plant Flowers
Little says welcome to your new home better than a freshly planted flowers. They add character and color and compliment mulch very well. Again, a small investment that makes buyers’ feel like their money is being well spent. They are relatively easy to plant, but here’s a short video to make sure you avoid any planting mistakes link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARwB7xb–sQ
If flowers are not your thing, consider xeriscaping! It is a great way to conserve water while adding beauty to your landscape!
7. Declutter and Clean-up
Even though it might seem obvious to most of us, many homeowners forget to clean out their yards before selling a home. Kids toys, old inflatable pools, bicycles, and other miscellaneous items find their way into our backyards. Remeber the last thing that any potential buyer wants to see is your old stuff laying around. Including old sheds that are falling apart. Most garbage collection companies won’t accept bikes, sheds, gills, etc. due to the size of the items. Consider renting a roll-off dumpster or hiring a junk removal company to haul those items away.
8. DONT FORGET! – Update Real Estate Sites!
After going through all that trouble to make your home look more appealing to buyers, don’t forget to update pictures of your home on real estate websites. Many people now utilize the internet to search for potential homes to buy rather than visiting homes. This especially true for out of state buyers. Updating your home’s profile can be simple and only take a few minutes. A simple google search of your home address will allow you to see several places that have websites listing your home for sale. Here’s a link that shows what we mean by update your listing Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfCJ4afKRBY