When it comes to selling your property, it’s important to make the interior look as good as possible. However, many people forget that the outside space needs to look great too.
If you have a yard, it’s essential that you use it to help sell your home. After all, a beautiful yard can make your home sell faster and for more money. Here are some ways to make your yard sell your home.
Curb Appeal – Let’s start with the front of your home. The backyard is where people will spend most of their time when outside at home. However, the front garden shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, it’s this front yard, driveway, and exterior of your home that will make people want to view in the first place when they see the details online or in a real estate agent’s portfolio. Take a good look at the shrubs and bushes. Are they blocking the windows? Are they overgrown? Do they belong there in the first place? If the front yard is overgrown, then it may put people off from wanting to live there, as it will seem as though there is a lot of work to do. Many people won’t want a project, and will simply want to move in and be comfortable straight away.
Weeding – The backyard will need weeding, and shrubs and trees should be trimmed back as much as possible while still maintaining a welcoming air. It’s time to get out in the yard and spruce it up, making it a nicer place to relax and unwind. You could even replace dead or dying plants with new ones. You don’t have to go overboard, especially if you aren’t much of a gardener and don’t enjoy the experience, but it’s important to do some work if you want to sell your home quickly. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can hire someone in to do the work for you. It will cost you money, but if you are unsure about tackling the yard, it might be for the best.
Landscaping – If your yard needs more than a bit of weeding then hiring a landscaper might be the most appropriate course of action. The best way to do this is via word of mouth, getting recommendations from friends and neighbors, work colleagues or family members. If no one you know has had any landscaping work done, then you might consider looking on social media. On Facebook, for example, you might find a group or page for your local area, and you can ask the question about finding a good landscaper. Check reviews and testimonials and interview the landscaper themselves before hiring them. You should also get a written quote that guarantees you won’t be charged any more than the estimated price.
A Splash Of Color – Something that always creates a wonderful first impression is a gorgeous splash of color. You can do this cheaply and easily by planting a bed of flowers. When you are looking for which ones to plant, you can research which ones work best at the time of year you’re planting them and what the climate is like where you are. Plants in Florida during the summer will need to be completely different to plants in Illinois during the fall, for example.
Pools, Sheds & Outbuildings – If you have any additional items in your garden such as a swimming pool, a shed, or any brick outbuilding, then remember to make them look great too. If your pool needs resurfacing, you should contact a reputable company like Texas Fiberglass Pools Inc., and if you need to paint your shed and clear the outbuildings, then you should do this too. Again, use professionals if you prefer. They might not be jobs that are considered fun, but they are jobs that can make a big difference to how quickly your home sells and how soon you can buy your next property.
Containers – Having plants in containers can be a great way to make your yard look amazing without having to do much planting. You can even buy containers that already have plants in them to save you more time. The containers can be placed in doorways and around flowerbeds to make your home look lovely and presentable. The fact that these containers are moveable means that you can decide exactly where they go to make your yard, and the rest of the property, looks great. If you leave them behind, then the new owners can also change where they put them. Of course, the bonus of having containers means that you can take them with you when you move should you wish to.
Label Your Plants – If you have gone to the trouble of planting out flowers and shrubs, or if you love to do gardening and those flowers and shrubs were already there and well established, then why not label them? Your buyer may not know which plants they are and labeling them gives them the knowledge that they lack. Having this information means that they can continue to care for the plants once they move in. If someone is concerned that they might not be able to maintain the yard if they were to buy it, giving them all the information possible to help them will be appreciated.
Water Features – Water features are very popular, and many homes have them. They can make even the most ‘normal’ of yards look special, and there are lots of different designs and styles to choose. They do, however, need caring for, and this means making sure that you clean them regularly, and that the water does not become stagnant. If you have a water feature but don’t use it, then it is wise to turn it on and make sure that it works as it should before anyone else does. People who are looking to buy your home will want to look inside cupboards and closets, sheds, and they may even want to check that fixtures and fittings (including your water feature) work.
Power Wash – If you have paths or paving in your yard, it’s a good idea to clean them up. You can use a power washer to do this; it will blast the dirt and grime away leaving beautifully clean slabs underneath. It will also blast away any weeds caught in between the slabs, and give you an overall much better look at your yard area.