Are you looking to sell your home? If so, you should give the landscape a little TLC.
According to Realtor Magazine, an attractive landscape increases a home’s selling value by up to 12%. For a $200,000 home, that’s $24,000 of added value.
And while landscaping may require a monetary investment, most real estate professionals agree that it’s well worth it.
Your landscape should feature an array of colors. If it’s only green, it won’t have much of an impact on prospective buyers. Adding bright-colored plants will improve your landscape’s aesthetics and, hopefully, shorten your home’s time on market.
Check out this DIY Network article for a list of some colorful, low-maintenance plants to use in your landscape.
Replace the Mailbox
Yes, the mailbox is part of your landscaping – and replacing it can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal. Over time, mailboxes will fade and degrade, resulting in a lackluster appearance. You can purchase a new mailbox, however, for as little as $50.
If your mailbox has reached the end of its useful life, replace it with a new one to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.
Add Container Plants
In addition to growing plants in your landscape, you should also include them in containers on your front porch or patio.
Just a few container plants will add new color and life to your home’s curb appeal, extending the landscape beyond its traditional boundaries.
Keep It Mowed
Of course, it’s important that you keep your lawn mowed and manicured when selling your home. Few prospective buyers will make an offer on a home with a poorly kept lawn.
To attract more buyers, mow your lawn at least once a week, depending on its growth rate. And if you discover any brown or barren patches, fertilize your lawn with an appropriate fertilizer.
If your landscape has one or more tree stumps, consider removing them. Tree stumps are a serious eyesore that take away from your home’s aesthetics. Thankfully, there are companies that will gladly remove your tree stumps.
Go Over Flowerbeds With Mulch
Finally, go over your flowerbeds with extra mulch. This is important for several reasons, one of which is to protect against the intrusion of weeds. With mulch surrounding your flowerbeds, weeds are less likely to emerge. Second, mulch encourages water retention, thereby protecting your flowers from dehydration.
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Bethany Birchridge says
I liked the idea of adding container plants to you front porch, as it makes the home more appealing to buyers. My uncle is working on selling his home, so these tips will totally help him. Do you have any other tips for him?
Ellen Hughes says
It was nice that you suggested keeping your lawn mowed and manicured to make sure that you will get more prospective buyers. This is something that I will make sure to remember because my husband and I are planning to sell our house later this year. Our lawn has been looking dry since last year, so I will make sure to consider hiring a lawn maintenance company soon.