If you are selling or renting your property first impressions are critical. You can spend weeks putting the finishing touches on the interior but if the outside is a mess it may not matter. The condition and appearance of the front yard is often the first thing that prospective buyers notice about a house. For many buyers the first impression is the vision they are left with. You don’t need to have a green thumb to maintain your yard. Fortunately, there are many little things you can do that will have a huge impact. If you are looking to make an impression and maximize your home’s value here are some things you should be doing to your yard:
Check the condition of the grass. Now that we are officially past winter it is time to revamp your old, dying yard. The condition of the grass is one of the first things that is seen when approaching the property. If there are dirt spots and dry patches in the yard your home will look dated and feel sloppy. Some areas of the country aren’t blessed with access to water and have to make arrangements for sod or other artificial options. If you have water all you need is some seed, a rake and a good sprinkler to give your yard life. In a matter of a few weeks you can turn dead spots into plush, green grass. This adds instant appeal and often impacts your bottom line.
Landscaping. Bushes, small plants and flower beds are a great idea but only if they are maintained. Overgrown bushes and dying plants are an eyesore and often do much more harm than good. It doesn’t matter if you have three small bushes or a dozen that wrap around the house they need to be trimmed and looking new. Something as seemingly innocent as the color of the mulch you use could make an impact. Try to match any mulch you use to either the house or the landscaping. If you haven’t added new mulch in a few years a fresh batch will work wonders. The landscaping is often the last thing buyers see before they enter the property. Leave them with a good impression.
Minimal accessories. When opening your home to the public you need to put personal tastes aside. You may be big on yard gnomes, flags or decorations but others may not feel the same way. It is important to keep the yard as clean and empty as possible. Pack away all yard accessories and stay on top of any items in the yard. Anything you put in the yard could have a negative influence on a buyer. You want to leave the yard an open landscape in which they can do as they please. If your stuff lines the walkway entering the house they are left with that impression.
The front yard and exterior in general, is often overlooked by sellers. This is a big mistake. A plush front yard with bursting bushes can have a greater influence than many interior items. If you are looking to attract interest in your property don’t neglect the front yard.