If you're trying to sell your house this summer, boosting curb appeal should be a top priority. Improving your landscaping is an important part of boosting your curb appeal. A house that is landscaped to sell will appear neat, tidy and easy to maintain. The greenery should subtly hint that your soil is fertile and weeds have been tamed. The following tips will help you achieve this look.
Clear Out Debris
The presence of dead leaves and stray twigs can lead buyers to believe that you are a negligent homeowner. This could raise concerns about your other housekeeping practices, and could turn off some buyers to your property. Maintaining a clean and tidy yard will help buyers build confidence in your housekeeping and home maintenance practices. When cleaning your yard, don't forget to rake, sweep, and discard of all organic debris. When you're finished, put away all your landscaping and trimming tools. Never leave your tools in the yard where buyers can see them.
Focus On the Front Door
The front door is the first place home buyers look when approaching your home, so placing your most attractive landscaping in the area around your front door can make a good impression. Try planting a few mature flowering shrubs on either side of the door, then place a large, attractive pot filled with flowers on your front steps.
Install Seating Areas
Installing areas where people can sit and relax can help fill voids in your yard. This can also be a good way to cover parts of your lawn where the grass has died. Simply dig out the existing sod and flatten the ground, then lay attractive paving stones in a pattern large enough to hold a small patio table with umbrella and a few chairs. When it's time for buyers to come by your home, open the umbrella and put a pitcher of iced lemonade on the table to make buyers feel welcome.
Pull all weeds from your pathways and keep them well-swept. Line pathways with flowers to add color to your lawn and to help keep the pathways on your property clearly defined.
Tidy Up Garden Beds
Keep your garden beds evenly filled, avoiding bare spaces and overfull areas. Fill empty places in your garden beds with easy to grow annuals, and trim back any overgrown or scraggly shrubs. This will help you maintain the appearance of a well-controlled, easy-to-maintain lawn.
For more information about how to landscape your home this summer, talk to your realtor. He or she can take a look at your property and can make suggestions based on the strengths and weaknesses of your particular property.