Believe it or not, landscaping is a huge part of increasing the curb appeal of the home you want to sell. First impressions are always extremely important. If a potential buyer is turned off by the look of your front lawn, they probably won’t consider giving the inside of the home a chance. The real estate market is actually busy right now and if you are contemplating selling your home, we have 5 tips for DIY landscape curb appeal.
DIY Landscape Curb Appeal
- The easiest thing you can do for DIY landscape curb appeal is to keep your lawn well-manicured. People are not going to want to walk through a grass jungle to see the inside of the house. Keep up with mowing and watering so that the lawn looks presentable to passers-by. Keeping the lawn mowed will also keep the chances of a tick infestation surprising potential buyers who find the pests clinging to them after touring your home.
- Stand back and do a visual inspection of our yard. Make a list of all the things that you think may turn off a potential buyer. Clean up branches and sticks and trim back any branches on your trees that look unhealthy. Buyers may get turned off if they see safety hazards such as branches that may fall. Dump out any standing water that could have mosquito larvae in it. You don’t want to give off the impression that the house will come with a free mosquito infestation.
- Weed your yard and beds thoroughly. People could get turned off by the site of weeds everywhere and assume the home’s yard is high maintenance. If you have a large number of weeds growing in your flower beds, mulch can assist in preventing their growth as well as make the flower beds more attractive. The more you keep up with the weed control, the harder it is for them to grow back.
- Clean your hardscapes and deck. Buyers will be attracted to a home with an attractive hardscape and or deck. Before you put the home on the market, give your deck and hardscapes a decent cleaning with a pressure washer. It also doesn’t hurt remove any weeds that have grown in the cracks of the hardscape. Organize the deck and make sure it looks tidy and neat. Clean the debris off the deck and remember it also doesn’t hurt to throw on a fresh coat of stain or paint if the deck is looking weathered.
- Install some lighting. Attractive lighting will also help your curb appeal in the evening. Some lights along your pathways and in front of your home can go a long way. Most of the lights you can purchase for landscaping are now solar powered so you won’t have to worry about changing the bulbs or an increase in your electricity costs.