The first impression a prospective buyer will have of your home is when they pull up to the curb. The landscaping outside is a large determining factor on how they will feel about the property as a whole. Here are a few tips that will maximize your landscaping and increase your home’s value.

Plan Ahead. Landscaping isn’t something that can be done overnight. If you’re planning on selling your home, it’s best to start as early as possible. At the very minimum, clean up your yard by removing debris and trimming the grass and shrubs.

Focus on Your Plants. As the buyer is walking up to the house and waiting for the Real Estate Agent to unlock the lockbox, they will be looking around. Flowering plants add interest. Shrubs or trees hide unsightly things such as trash cans. Look for plants that bloom all summer or stay green year-round for lower maintenance.

Pay Attention to the Backyard.
Home buyers are looking for a comfortable spot outside to sit and relax. A patio or deck in the backyard is ideal and can add a lot of value to your home. Other options include fire pits, outdoor kitchens, lighting, and fences.

Don’t Waste Your Money.
Don’t spend much money on anything that is too personal or unique such as a playground, it’s unlikely the new buyers will have children of the same age. Also, don’
t overspend on mature plants, it’s best to put in smaller ones and be patient as they grow.

Keep It Simple. Buy plants that work well in your environment that don’t require too much maintenance. Buyers can be intimidated by exotic plants they don’t know how to take care of. Look at what kind of care the plants require and how they will grow before buying.

Don’t Forget the Grass. Fertilize and water your lawn to keep it green and healthy. Make sure it’s trimmed occasionally to avoid looking overgrown. Something as simple as a great-looking lawn can make all the difference.

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