“Curb appeal can help sell your home!”
Have you heard that before? It sounds kind of vague, but the research backs up the idea that first impressions do count.
According to a 2018 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) report, 99% of NAR members believe curb appeal is important in attracting a home buyer. Read on for some insider advice on how to take your lawn to the next level.
Landscaping With Grass
If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of grass in your front yard, there are several ways you can use it to your advantage and get home buyers excited. Here are a few tips on landscaping with grass.
Make Sure Your Shrubs Are Well-Manicured
Take a step back to view the front of your house. Are your shrubs over three feet tall? Are they blocking your windows? As a motivated seller, you should open up the landscaping in the front of your home. Overgrown shrubs may dissuade buyers from undertaking what they see as a “project.” On the flip side, smaller and well-manicured shrubs can add a welcoming feel.
Add Fresh, Local Plants
“Adding plant life can help your home feel like it’s part of the backdrop instead of a disruption from it,” explains Larry Greene, President of the full-service remodeling firm Case Indy.
Not only are new plants good for the air quality inside your home, but they’re also good for its outer appearance. Incorporating local plant life is also a great way to support the local ecosystem and give back to the environment that surrounds your home.
Don’t Go Overboard With Flowers And Shrubs
It can be tempting to plant a ton of beautiful flowers and shrubs everywhere. While it’s a good idea to plant some, be careful not to go overboard. You want a potential home buyer to imagine what they could do with the space in order to make it their own. This means keeping it simple enough that changes won't be too labor or cost-intensive for you and the buyer.
Landscaping Without Grass
If you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of rain during the year, you may be tasked with the challenge of beautifying your lawn with little or no grass. Fortunately, there are many ways you can still turn your lawn into a huge selling point. Below are a few ideas that are sure to help you out.
Add Gravel And Stone
For a contemporary, minimalist look, create a gravel, stone and paver garden. It’s low maintenance, looks great, and requires absolutely no water. This is a great way to attract potential home buyers when you don’t have grass.
Invest In Mulch Beds
No grass? No problem! Add some mulch instead. Not only will it fertilize your plants and prevent weeds, it will also provide an earthy aroma for your yard. Potential home buyers will also love it because it’s affordable and only needs to be replaced in the spring.
Easy Front Lawn Design Wins
Curb appeal goes beyond landscaping. There are a plethora of other ways you can get your front lawn in tip-top shape before potential home buyers first lay their eyes on it.
Update Your Front Door
The front door is an important part of every home as it not only adds to the aesthetic of the home but it also offers security. “If your front door is in good condition but needs an update, skip purchasing a brand-new door by applying a new coat of paint. With a good coat of primer and a couple coats of exterior paint, your door will look new and striking at first glance,” explains Rhianna Miller, a home improvement and design expert with Rubber Mulch.
Replace House Numbers
House numbers come in a variety of styles and are an easy and affordable update. Miller recommends that you consider chic, modern styles or utilize your do-it-yourself (DIY) skills to make rustic numbers that are attached to wood.
Upgrade Light Fixtures
Strategically placed exterior lighting goes a long way. Not only does exterior lighting highlight your beautiful landscaping and all the upgrades you’ve made to your home, it can also enhance the photos you’ll take when you create a listing for your home. Consider adding lighting to the landscaping and walkway, a hanging pendant light to the front doorway and additional lighting near the garage.
By taking the time to improve your lawn, you can significantly increase your chances of selling your home quickly for the price you want. Now go outside and get to work!