5 Tips to Beautify Your Yard for Selling Your Home
A house with a bad yard can be a hard sell.
You’ll be better off getting your yard and the exterior in tip-top condition before listing your property for sale. Humans are still visual creatures. This is why first impressions still matter, and this can make or break your chances of selling fast and for a great value.
The National Association of REALTORS®, NAR’s Remodeling Impact Report says;
- 97% of realtors believe curb appeal is an important factor when selling a house.
- 94% of NAR realtors revealed they’d suggested to one or more sellers to boost their homes’ curb appeal before selling.
- 66% of realtors agree that most buyers rank curb appeal among their most important factors when considering their options.
Your property should be eye-catching enough to stand out among other properties competing for buyers’ interest and attention. We have compiled this guide on the best yard landscaping ideas will help you put your best foot forward.
Got your garden gloves on already? Here we go!
Maintenance is like the most important thing as far as yard landscaping is concerned. Your maintenance routine will include several activities aimed at cleaning up the yard and maintaining the health of your plants. This can include weeding out unwanted plants, removing dead plants, overgrown shrubs, animal droppings, etc. Regular maintenance will also include mowing the lawn as well as pruning and trimming your yard plants.
Yard maintenance should also include other things as well.
For instance, you want to be sure your drain pipes are buried properly and draining effectively so water does not get to pool somewhere in the yard. The downspouts as well should be perfectly clean and functional. You also have to check your hardscape regularly. You want to ensure that plants do not encroach the sidewalks and that roots are not pushing up against patio stones and sidewalks, among others.
Watering is another important aspect of caring for and beautifying your yard.
If you want to sell your house anytime soon, it’s important to keep yard plants well-watered. To begin with, your sprinkler should be properly functioning and should have adequate coverage. The lawn, for instance, will need about 1 inch to 1 ½ inch of water every other week and year-round. This is important if you want a lush green lawn. Watering is best done in the morning because of the general absence of much heat and wind.
Your house should look good and very appealing from the outside.
Anything short of this will cost you a huge number of potential buyers. The more people you’re able to get into the house, the more your likelihood of selling fast and for top dollar increases. And as it turns out, watering the grass, flowers, shrubs, trees, and the other plants in your yard will play a key role in keeping your yard in great shape year-round.
The layout and organization of your yard are important factors if you want it to make the best impression. Sadly, many people tend to overlook this fact.
You have to consider symmetry, spacing, and structure, to start with.
You have to organize your flower beds, shrubs, bushes, and trees to achieve balance. These will be needed to ensure visual balance so you can pull off a great look.
You can do this by simply mirroring or repeating plants on either side of a path, a bench or any other focal point in your yard. Whether you’re working with a layered landscape design or not, it’s always good to ensure proper spacing so your yard doesn’t look mediocre or sub-par.
4. Flower Selection
Your choice of flowers will impact the final appearance of your yard.
Your flower selection should be made to ensure your yard is drenched with color throughout spring and summer. Along with choosing flowers that guarantee constant color, you should also consider their adaptability to tolerate most climates.
You can also go for small shrubs, especially those with color-saturated foliage year-round.
It’s also important to ensure that your choice of shrubs and flowers are not plants that will spread aggressively. If you want flowers that will bloom throughout different seasons, the best examples will include;
- Bleeding heart
- Ox-eye, etc
Lighting is one of the most important yard updates if you want to improve your home’s curb appeal. And that’s according to reliable statistics from Statista.
After you’ve invested time and effort into beautifying your yard, you’ll want to crown this with minimal accent lighting to bring more attention and focus to your yard.
Adding accent lighting will help enhance your home’s exterior. This can range from supplemental white light or subtle shades of your favorite primary colors. If done right, they’ll help magnify the structure of your yard.
The key to getting it right is doing it subtly.
Resist the temptation to light everywhere or use too many fixtures. You’ll be better off by picking out the few features you want to light. This can be a group of trees, flowers, or a big rock that you would stand out uniquely when lit.
Beautifying your yard to improve curb appeal also has greater benefits beyond aesthetics.
According to a research by the Michigan State University, improving your landscape to boost curb appeal can help increase the perceived value of your home by as much as 5% to 11%.
That’s too much value for you to leave on the table.
From proper yard maintenance to watering, flower selection and organization, lighting, and more, we’re hoping this guide will be helpful as you set out to add more beauty to your yard. If you will be listing your house for sale anytime soon, this can be the difference between selling fast at a great price and waiting till eternity to get interested buyers to even look at your property.