Quick Tips for a Speedy Sale: Give Your Home Curb Appeal
Looking to sell your home this spring or summer? While market timing and pricing are important, another key factor is your curb appeal. A well maintained yard instantly increases your home’s value by as much as 10 percent, and in the season where the outdoors is at its best, you should ensure the outside of your home is in tip-top shape as well.
Here are the top tips for lawn care and landscaping, provided by Pillar To Post:
Mulch: Adding a layer of mulch to gardens and other non-grassy areas is an inexpensive way to make your yard look nicer. It also helps prevent weeds, so your yard will look better, longer.
Refresh planters: Think about planting brightly colored plants and flowers. They don’t cost that much and add instantly make your home look better. If you don’t have planters, consider investing in some. Not only can they help improve the curb appeal at your current home, you can take them with you when you move.
Prune: Trim trees and shrubs. You don’t want a potential buyer’s first impression of your home to be that you neglect maintenance issues. It’s also a good idea to take a look at your perennial plants. If a plant doesn’t look healthy, remove it. If you don’t want to invest in replacing the plant, put a decorative planter in its place.
Remove plants you want to keep: It’s misleading to show a potential buyer plants you don’t intend to include with the sale. Many states even have restrictions preventing you from doing so.
Clear clutter: Remove anything that is making the yard look cluttered, such as toys, lawn ornaments and large furniture. They can make your yard look smaller and less attractive to potential buyers.
Mow regularly: This may seem obvious, but an unruly lawn may have potential buyers wondering what else you have let go in and around your home.
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