Once you have made the decision to sell your home, it’s time to start thinking about what needs fixing or updating before listing it on the market. Sometimes, a realtor will have advice on what your home needs because it’s a fresh set of eyes. You’ve been living in your home for a number of years and it’s where you have achieved a level of comfort, so you might not see those seemingly little flaws you don’t think anyone will notice.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Remember, prospective buyers are looking at your home under a microscope and they might even find things you can’t see yourself! Consider your lawn, for example. What do you see? If you aren’t impressed, what can you expect a prospective buyer to think? Here are a few tips for shaping up your lawn and garden which is, after all, the first thing buyers will see when viewing your home.
Start with a Whole New Lawn
Let’s begin with a lawn that needs a total makeover. Have you noticed that it’s extremely difficult to mow your lawn because of all the holes and bumps which make it almost impossible to give it a nice, smooth manicure? Perhaps over the years, rain and snow have done their damage and your entire front lawn is full of holes and bumps which need to be leveled.
Of course, you’ll need to consider a lawn grading service that will prepare (and level!) the ground so that it can be replanted. Spring is the best time to do this in much of the country, so if you want your lawn to look like a lovely green carpet, why not just start over?
Choose the Right Landscaping Elements
Besides a smooth-as-carpet lawn, you’ll want to add some color. Gardens along the house and in key areas can bring your home alive with colors. Perennials are always nice because you won’t need to plant new flowers and ferns each year and sometimes, even a few edibles are a nice finishing touch! Select a small area where you can plant herbs, which can be decorative as well as useful in cooking.
From edible flowers to herbs of all kinds, make use of space close to the house, so you can easily step out to pick fresh herbs when cooking a meal. Lavender, basil, oregano and anything in the mint family are also aromatic herbs which can bring a waft of scent through open windows.
Finishing Touches to Add Appeal
One of the newer trends in landscaping design is hardscapes. After having your lawn graded, your landscaping designer can add a hard surface upon which many homeowners place tables, chairs, and even fountains for that added appeal and easy maintenance. Don’t forget ambient lighting, solar powered is best, to give a soft and lovely appeal at night to specific areas that scream for attention. From putting soft uplighting on key shrubs and trees, you can give a soft glow that draws the focus to your loveliest areas.
Now how do you feel about your lawn? Isn’t it lovely? Go from drab to lovely so that your home has instant curb appeal. With a lawn and garden like you’ve just designed, prospective buyers won’t give viewing the inside of your home a second thought. With a lawn that lovely, the inside must be amazing!