We all know the saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” The same is true when selling a house.
The front yard is usually the first view a potential buyer has when shopping for a new home. In a slower housing market
this impression can be what intrigues or attracts a buyer to look at a home.Creating curb appeal and can make or break the sale of a home. Many buyers have difficulty visualizing the potential of a home’s landscape. Providing a well maintained yard can create comfort for the potential buyer as they view the interior and exterior elements of a home.
So what can be done to improve the curb appeal? First it might be helpful to view your house from the street. Look at
your yard as a potential buyer would as they approach for the first time. Notice any unruly or tall shrubs that may be
blocking interesting architectural features or views. These can easily be pruned back creating a more manicured look and
open the landscape.
Keep lawn areas mowed and fertilized. A well kept lawn and its surroundings will let a buyer know that the house is well
cared for. Pull or spray weeds that may be growing in planter beds and look for grasses growing up through walkway
cracks.
A buyer’s opinion of a home will begin to develop as they walk towards the front door. Keep this area clear of debris and
consider adding seasonal color along the walkway. A decorative pot of bright colored flowers is always a welcome at the
doorway.
Don’t forget about the backyard. This area may not be visible from the road but can be just as important as front yard curb
appeal. Perspective buyers may drive by a house prior to a viewing and peak over fences or find vantage points to
explore the outdoor surroundings of the house for sale. Keep toys and garden tools stored away so they don’t distract
from the overall feel of the yard. Make sure patio and walkways are kept swept and clean. A few quick ways to brighten
up the backyard include coloring existing concrete, adding seasonal color to flower beds and adding lights to brighten the
yard and patio area.
Lighting can be a quick fix to enhance evening curb side appeal. Outdoor lights can be placed along driveways and walks
to welcome guests. They can also be strategically placed to illuminate shrubbery and other landscape elements. The
shadows cast by lighting can create a beautiful look for a home. Lights can also be added to the exterior of the house to
enhance the visibility of an entry way and add architectural interest.