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5 Landscaping Tips to Help Sell Your House

Written by Posted On Friday, 17 January 2020 00:13

Preparing a house for sale involves performing mundane repairs, cleaning religiously, and putting on a picture-perfect front to make buyers believe that your home is the one of their dreams. While interior aspects of a home are important, exterior attributes are just as meaningful. The first glance a buyer gets at your home features the exterior characteristics and landscaping features. Since landscaping plays such a big role in developing the overall look of your house, here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.

1. Spruce Up the Place

An untidy flower bed or unkempt fence row may lead buyers to believe you also neglect the inside of your house and maintenance necessities, too. While this may not be true, first impressions mean everything. Simple steps can be taken in tidying up your landscaping that will make a big impact on buyers. Prune unruly trees and bushes, touch up the mulch, weed flower beds, touch up plants in pots and containers, and plant some colorful flowers for a refreshing pop. It is important that your landscape has a consistent look, so  you need to decide on a color scheme.  You don't have to go overboard, but a few small changes can go a long way.

2. Clean Up Water Features

Flowers are common in landscaping, but water features are more noticeable. Consider adding a bird bath to break up garden areas or a small fountain to create a calming effect. If you have already incorporated water features into your landscaping, clean them until they sparkle. Remove leaves and clean filters, so that water appears clean and fresh. Remove any visible signs of algae or lime buildup. After all, a water feature is only an advantage if it adds beauty to the landscaping. Otherwise, it can just become an eyesore.

3. Repair Any Irrigation Issues or Leaky Faucets

Aside from pointing to maintenance issues, irrigation mishaps or leaky faucets can suggest problems in the plumbing system in general. Irrigation system repairs can be costly, so be sure to get them repaired for the next guy. Keep your receipt to show that you have kept up with irrigation maintenance. You can also run the irrigation system if you know your home is going to be shown to demonstrate that it works properly. Using the faucet to water your flowers before a new showing can show potential buyers that you take care of your landscaping.

4. Label as Many Plants as Possible

A new buyer may not be as familiar as you are with the flora that you have adorned your home with. Be considerate and take the initiative to label all your plants, so that the new owner can research adequate care for your flowers, shrubs and trees after you are gone. Creating a plant inventory scrapbook to leave on a table in your home for buyers to peruse through as they view your home is also thoughtful and shows buyers that you are proud of your home.

5. Power wash Everything You Can

You want to show potential buyers that you take care of your home and maintain it well. Power washing dirty surfaces like siding, driveways, and garage doors can make a huge difference in the appearance of a home. If you don't have a power washer, many home improvement stores have them available to rent for an hourly or daily fee. If you don't have the time to invest in power washing, professional services can be sought out to do this task for you. Power washing your home allows you to clear dirt and debris quickly and efficiently. Not to mention, this is not a task that is typically performed routinely.

Show the World Your Home

Parting with your home can be bittersweet. Your heart and soul have been poured into the maintenance, upgrades and landscaping of your home for years, but now it is time to move on. Show buyers how much you have cared for your new home and that you are ready to leave it in good hands by performing these five landscaping tips to help sell your house.

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