If you plan to put your home on the market in the near future, it is important to consider potential buyers’ first impressions. Sprucing up the exterior of your home now is an important step in preparing to show your home.
Think of any investment you make in the exterior appearance of your home as part of your marketing expenses. It’s unlikely that landscaping will add any real value to your home on paper, but it will help attract more potential buyers which means a faster sale for at or close to asking price.
Here are three things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Make Your Grass Emerald Green
The last thing you want is an unkempt yard full of bare patches and brown spots – especially if your neighbors are the type that maintains their yards year round. Transforming your yard into something that looks like it belongs on a golf course can be an expensive process, but simply brightening your yard is not that expensive or difficult. For the most part, you can find everything you need at your local Home and Garden store. Ask the salesperson what they suggest as far as a watering and fertilization schedule that suits your type of grass. Follow it rigorously and you will see a change quickly.
Refresh Existing and Add New Flowerbeds
Well-kept flowerbeds can accent and enhance even the drabbest of homes. For a relatively modest investment of time and money, you can turn the exterior of your home into a colorful, attractive showplace. If your budget is limited, go for the annuals. They are cheap and easy to grow. They will only last a season, but they are lovely.
If you have an especially long driveway or an expansive yard, you might consider adding new flowerbeds to break up the space and make it more attractive to the passersby.
Utilize Exterior Lighting to Attract Nighttime Traffic
Not every potential buyer will drive by your home during the day. They might only drive by it at night. By adding exterior lighting to your home, you can highlight its best features even after the sun goes down. If you choose to install the lighting system yourself using standalone floods, the cost will be minimal. Professional installation that involves wiring can cost thousands. Regardless of which route you choose, make sure you highlight attractive features like old-growth trees, flowering shrubs, your newly painted shutters, etc. Don’t just aim them at random.
If you do these three simple things, you will enhance the overall curb appeal of your home. Of course, this is just the start. You can do – and spend – much more. You can install water features, rock retaining walls, resurface the driveway and plant mature trees. It’s all up to you and your budget. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or start the process of selling your home.
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