It’s spring and the weather is finally getting warmer. That means it’s time to spruce up your yard with some landscaping! Great landscaping can even help sell your home faster and for more money. Your yard is the first thing buyers notice and if you aren’t selling your home, your yard can tell your neighbors a lot about you. If you have a messy yard with a ton of weeds and uncut grass, your neighbors may think you are a mess. The last thing you want is to have the worst looking yard in your neighborhood. So follow some of these tips to spruce up your yard for the spring!
Touch up the mulch
One of the easiest ways to make your yard look fantastic is to add a fresh layer of mulch to all of your garden beds. The fresh mulch adds great color and contrast to your yard. Mulch is also relatively cheap and easy to apply.
Plant some instant color
Seasonal colors can also make your landscaping pop. Plant flowers or shrubs with several colors or go for a more monochromatic scheme of plants and flowers. Choose what best fits your personality and the theme of your home.
Trim unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is for this chore, you should always trim overgrown trees or shrubs. If bushes or branches are overflowing your sidewalks, they need to be trimmed. If you have bushes below your windows and they are starting to block your view, it is probably a good idea to trim those bushes or branches that are in the way. Clean cut bushes make instantly make your yard look well maintained.
Clean up water features.
If you have water features in your yard, make sure they are clean. Get rid of any visible green algae, remove leaves and clean the filters so that the water is clear. Water features can make your yard look fantastic, but if they are dirty it’s an instant turn off.
Consider labeling as many plants as possible.
Labeling the plants in your yard is a great way to show organization. If you are selling your home, the buyer can at least know what plants are in the yard and research how to take care of them. If you are into scrap-booking, it’s a great idea to make a scrapbook of all your plants with a little info on each. You can leave this scrapbook in your entry way for potential buyers to browse through as they tour your home. This could have a very powerful effect on them even if they are not gardeners.
Power-wash dirty surfaces.
Buy, rent or borrow a power washer so you can clean all of your dirty surfaces. Power washers are a great tool to make things look new. Clean your decks, sidewalks, fences and house. Anything you clean with the power washer will look fantastic.
If you are selling your home, potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. Yet often a home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, in the preparation for the sales process. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.