No matter what your local real estate market looks like, one thing remains true: first impressions start with the exterior of your home. According to a survey done by the National Association of Realtors, curb appeal is important to 71% of buyers. Not enough to convince you? Well giving your yard a facelift can increase the value of your home by up to 10% and even help your home sell quicker.
While most people focus on the interior of their home when looking at listing their property,
Increasing your curb appeal shows potential buyers that you have pride in your home and will start off their tour on a positive note. Follow these tips to help bring life back into your yard and sell your home quicker:
Spruce Up Your Lawn
A lush lawn impresses all buyers. If you have a patchy or brown lawn coming into the spring or as a result of a pet, over sow with lawn seed and be sure to add some fertilizer to ensure it grows back in quickly. This will thicken up any areas that are an eye sore and green the lawn. Alternatively, if it is large patches, consider laying new sod where necessary, or turning that area into a flower bed for more colour and diversity. Raking away any dead leaves or grass is also important – remember you want the lawn to look flawless where possible.
Adding flowers and plants to entranceways, gardens or any area you have greenery is an instant way to give your yard a lift. Adding mulch to your existing flower beds is also a great idea because it is a very inexpensive way to add colour contrast and leave your flower bed looking rejuvenated.
Potted plants at the front of your home or on the patio are also are a nice touch for welcoming guests into your home. Be sure to limit the number of plant species you use in order for the space to still look easy to maintain while being diverse and interesting.
Shape, Tend and Prune
Nothing says neglect like a shrub with a bunch of dead branches, or a plant that’s in such bad shape that it needs to be removed or replaced. While this is a seasonal activity, ensure you get to this activity far before you list. Shaping any trees or shrubs also helps give your yard a sense of order and is crucial to providing a good first impression that shows you care about every detail.
Power Wash Away Any Dirt
This one is really simple, but very often overlooked. Consider renting or buying a power washer to clean paved surfaces, vinyl siding, fences, brick or any grimy surface that needs a good washing. With very little time and effort you can transform a dirty space into one that looks brand new.
Take On Those Minor Touch Ups & Repairs
This could mean many things, depending on what your yard needs: painting your steps, repairing a faucet leak, or replacing a bad fence board. If there are signs of wear and neglect, buyers will spot these deficiencies and will likely ask for you to repair them if they’re interested in making an offer.
Alternatively, the easy way to get all of this done is to hire a landscaper or general contractor and they can freshen up your lawn, flower beds, and tend to any minor repairs. If major repairs are needed this may be the faster and safer bet, but asking your realtor before you list is a great way to get a trusted opinion on what they believe will have the most impact in selling your home quickly!