When you are trying to sell your home the first thing buyers will see is your yard and in real estate first impressions matter. If your yard looks dull and unflattering then people will automatically be less inclined to buy your home before they even step into it. Your yard is part of the package so you must make sure that it looks attractive and compliments your home. Follow these easy tips to boost your yard’s curb appeal and you can increase your chances of selling your home.
Clean Up Your Yard
No one wants to buy a home that needs a lot of work and that goes for the yard. If you want to sell your home you need to make your yard presentable and that starts with picking up sticks, raking leaves, treating weeds, and making sure there’s no standing water that can breed mosquitoes.
Trim Your Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are arguably the most important objects in your yard and they need to look their best. This means pruning any dead or ugly branches and trim them so they look attractive. You should be able to walk under your shade trees without bumping your head.
Plant More Trees
Trees can make a huge impact on a buyer’s decision to purchase your home. A mature maple in the back yard that bathes the patio in the cooling shade is definitely more appealing than a scorching deck with no shade. If you do not have mature trees in your yard you can always add more. Maples are a great choice as they provide the best shade of any tree and they grow relatively fast.
Plant Interesting Shrubs and Trees
Trees and shrubs are great but the ones that really stand out are the ones that add interest to your yard all year. Flowering shrubs and trees such as cherry and crabapple trees can add that splash of color that buyers are looking for. Opt for trees and shrubs that are native to our area for the best results.
Add a Water Feature
Water features can change the entire mood of a yard and is a big selling point. Some great and easy water features that can make a big splash include:
- A Rain Garden: Rain gardens are clever ways to utilize poorly drained areas of your yard. Plant water-loving plants and add a few rocks to make your own tiny ecosystem.
- Birdbaths: A simple birdbath can add to the appeal of your yard, especially if your colorful friends are there to show off in front of buyers.
- Fountains: The tranquil sounds of a fountain can turn your plain yard into a relaxing backyard spa.
Add Some Outdoor Lighting
Adding some outdoor lighting to illuminate walkways or spotlight trees and other features in your yard is a simple and cheap way to make your home look updated and modern. Update your outdoor lighting fixtures with new ones to add that extra detail that buyers will notice.
The amount of effort you put into your home’s curb appeal will reflect how fast you sell your home. So take the extra time to do these simple steps that will pay off big time.
Hire the Professionals at Emerald Island
Keeping your yard looking its best is a lot of work especially on our busy schedules. Who wants to spend their precious free time doing more work? At Emerald Island Lawn Service we offer year-round lawn services to keep your yard weed-free and looking amazing.