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10 Landscape Improvements to Help Sell Your Home – part 1

10 Landscape Improvements to Help Sell Your Home – part 1

Everybody knows curb appeal is a big factor in selling your home.  Curb appeal is essentially landscaping, newly painted home and a neat yard free of debris.   Realtors, Appraisers and buyers will all be looking at your home.  The yard has to be a functioning yard as well as pretty to prospective buyers.  What do I mean by functioning?  It has to drain properly, sprinklers need to be working properly, outdoor lighting can’t have burned out bulbs, plants need to be positioned for the proper sun or shade and moisture, colors need to work together, trees need to serve as focal points where needed, and so on.

In addition, homeowners are living outside more and more.  We love to grill, play, entertain our friends and family and finally, we love to relax outside.  Sprucing up your landscape will lend a lot more joy to backyard living for both you and potential buyers.

Here are three ways you can improve your yard without spending any money, or very little:

  1. Remove trees that may be blocking out plant growth or other more appealing trees. For instance, what if you have a lovely dogwood in a backyard corner but a gum tree that is hindering its growth is overwhelming it?  Consider cutting down the offending tree and then the dogwood can become the center of attention for that part of the yard.
  2. Fast growing plants may overwhelm the bed you originally prepared for them.  Transplant part of your bushes, ground cover, and vines to other parts of the yard.  Ask your landscaper for the best time of year to transplant flowers and bushes.
  3. Weed and clean the plant beds.  Make the bed look as appealing as possible.  You may even be able to shift some soil from more mature areas or use you compost to enhance the beds.


In Part 2, we’ll share more low cost ways to improve the look of your home.

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