First impressions matter. A potential home buyer will form their first impression of your property from its curb appeal. The home’s outdoor landscaping is often overlooked or underdone when preparing a property for sale. An amazing landscape will enhance the resale value of your home. It will add over 10 percent to the value of your property.
Do not wait until the last minute to put your landscape in order. Potential buyers will easily realize your last-minute efforts. In addition, the last-minute hurry can mess things. Start cleaning your yard at least one month before you put your house for sale. This will give you sufficient time to put things in order. These landscaping tips will help you to spruce up your yard and be able to sell your house quickly and profitably.
Tidy Up Your Outdoor Containers
Container plants such as large tropical container plants add considerable interest to doorways and patios where potential buyers enter and exit the house. They also display the endless design possibilities of container plants.
Spruce Up the Mulch
Nothing spruces up a yard better than a fresh application of mulch. Apply a fresh layer of mulch on all your garden beds. The color makes everything pop and enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants. Mulch is easy to apply, and it is relatively cheap.
Plant Some Instant Color
You can choose a monochromatic scheme or a splash of several colors. Find whatever fits with the décor of your home. Seasonal color makes the landscape pop. Consider hiring a landscaper to help you with some Burnaby landscaping issues.
Shape Unsightly and Overgrown Shrubs and Trees
Nothing says neglect better than a bunch of dead branches. Regardless of the season, it is advisable to deal with overlooked pruning chores. The idea behind this is to show how well your garden and your house have been maintained. You should prune deciduous shrubs and trees a number of times in a year.
Touch Up Perennial Beds
Shape up herbaceous plants like perennials and annuals that look defective. If a plant is in bad shape, you can either cover it with a decorative pot or remove it.
This is also the perfect time to dig up plants that you will want to relocate with to your new residence. If you plan to remove any landscape plants and you have not yet done so, you will need to inform the buyer the particular plants that you plan to remove. That is the fairest thing to do. In addition, in many states, there are restrictions on removing landscape plants.
Tend to Water Features
A water feature that does not function properly or look pleasant will be an instant turn-off to a potential property buyer. Clean filters of your water feature so that the water is crystal clear. Remove leaves and visible algae.
Fix Irrigation Issues
Fix all problems with the irrigation system. Irrigation system problems are expensive to fix. Therefore, you will not want to pass this cost to the buyer. You should provide the buyer with information on the irrigation schedule, especially if you have an automatic system. Offer instructions on how the system works and recommend the same watering schedule that has worked for you.
Repair Leaking Faucets
A leaking faucet is an indication that there are many other plumbing problems. This can be an instant turn-off to a buyer.
If you are informed ahead of time about the showcase of your home to a potential buyer, water a half-hour or so before the scheduled time, the water sends the message that your plants are properly maintained and reduces the glare of paved surfaces. You can even decide to run your irrigation system to indicate that it is working properly.
Consider labeling plants
This will make the buyer know each plant and research its growing needs. You should have a complete inventory of your plants indicated in a scrapbook. In this way, prospective buyers will be able to browse through the scrapbook as their tour your property. This simple measure will have a powerful effect on prospective buyers, whether they are gardeners or not.
Power-wash All the Dirty Surfaces
Rent or buy a power washer. Use it to clean dirty paved surfaces, brick and vinyl siding, and fences among other places. With very little effort and time, a power washer will make grimy and grungy surfaces to look sparkling clean.