Curb Appeal Landscaping Tips to Help You Sell Your Home

Oct 13, 2017

First impressions are everything. In life and in real estate.

When prospective buyers approach your home, what they see from the outside could make or break the sale of your house.

That’s why curb appeal is so important. Elements like a well-kept lawn and clean siding and windows show potential buyers that your home is well-cared for.

Today we’re going to focus on curb appeal landscaping — tips for designing and maintaining a gorgeous lawn and outside space.

Let’s get to it.

Start With the Basics

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of redesigning or improving your home’s landscaping. But don’t.

There are some basic steps to take that will have the outside of your home looking refreshed in no time.

Add a Walkway

If your home doesn’t have a well-laid, clean and safe walkway entrance, you should add one. When selling a home you’ll have buyers and agents entering and exiting the property often.

You want them to do so safely, and to notice the beautiful stonework in their travels.

Use Quality Mulch

Mulch is a relatively inexpensive, but eye-catching addition to your curb appeal landscaping efforts.

Mulch comes in a variety of types and colors – red, black and brown are the most popular. Adding a fresh new layer of mulch around shrubs, trees, and anywhere grass isn’t growing adds an element of tidiness to your landscape.

Add Plants that Pack a Punch

You don’t need to completely revamp your current garden. By adding a few large, recognizable greenery additions, your curb appeal landscaping will be transformed.

These pieces include flowering shrubs, a deciduous tree (preferably 15 feet tall or larger) and some stone planters. These additions are noticeable and make a statement, without breaking the bank.

Incorporate Color and Texture

Color and texture are 2 things to consider when planting outside your home. You may opt to hire an expert or landscaping company for your renovation. But here, we’ll give you the knowledge and advice to turn curb appeal landscaping into a DIY project.

Have you ever seen those colorful flowers that are perfectly placed to form a design or even a word in the lawn of companies or at amusement parks? Pretty cool, right?

We aren’t suggesting your flowers spell out “BUY ME”, but you can choose colors and textures for your plants that create eye-appealing patterns. This is sometimes referred to as soft scaping.

Soft scaping additions can include planting 10 or more shrubs, five or more trees, boulders used as accents or natural edging where appropriate.

Build a Deck or Patio

Now, this might seem like a costly endeavor for a curb appeal landscaping project, but most of these investments will show a significant ROI on the sale of your home.

Outdoor space is needed to admire your newly landscaped lawn. Most people enjoy sitting outside at one time or another — to have their morning coffee, watch their children play ball in the yard or do some nighttime stargazing.

Creating a small deck or patio is another inviting element you can add to your curb appeal landscaping project. It may not be the first thing a potential buyer notices, but they will notice if you don’t have one!

Light Up Your Lawn

You can also add some easy, inexpensive lighting features to your landscaping. This brightens up your home in the evening hours, for both safety and ambiance.

There are many different solar-powered light fixture options that are easily installed along the pathway of your home. This lights the way for guests and creates a welcoming feel.

You can also consider spotlighting. Adding small, dimly lit spotlights to shine onto the bottom portion of your house, rock gardens or flags is another way to bring attention to your beautifully landscaped home.

Regular Lawn Maintenance

This might seem like a simple concept, and that’s because it is. Regular maintenance of your lawn is an extremely important part of maintaining curb appeal.

A lawn that is mowed, watered and weeded on a consistent schedule is obvious, compared to one that is in need of some TLC.

Whether you plan on mowing your lawn yourself, or hiring a company to do so, be sure it’s done on a regular basis.

The main elements of proper lawn maintenance include weeding, aerating, mowing and fertilizing. If you live in an area where autumn brings the fall of leaves, be sure to rake or blow them.

A few, colorful leaves on your lawn might be festive, but heaps of unsightly, dry leaves just appear messy and unkept.

Act Like a Buyer

Once you’ve made these additions to your landscaping project, its time to take a step back and view your property as a buyer would.

Literally, step back onto the end of your driveway or near the roadway (safely) and take an unbiased, objective view of your home and property.

How does it look? Would you want to purchase this house based on what you see? Is there anything you missed?

Take note of what you’ve added and determine if you need to make changes or add anything else to improve your curb appeal landscaping.

Get a Second Opinion

Even after you take an unbiased look at your home’s curb appeal landscaping, you’ll want to get a second opinion.

You can ask family, friends or other acquaintances with landscaping expertise to examine your project. They can give their opinion on what is working and what they’d like to see, as a potential buyer.

Of course, an opinion is just that. You don’t need to heed their advice, but it’s always nice to collect different viewpoints on the overall appeal of your landscaping efforts.

Let Your Curb Appeal Landscaping Speak for Itself

Now that you’ve either added, altered or revamped your landscaping, it’s time to sit back and let your lawn speak for itself.

You can confidently place your home on the market, knowing that potential buyers will likely be impressed from the moment they set eyes on it.

Good luck!

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