When selling your home, the buyers first impression is important. Your yard can make a big impact on getting buyers through the front door to see your home. Especially after the cold rainy winter months.
- Remove the debris. If the winter’s seemingly incessant wind, rain, and snow have done a number on your trees, start your clean-up efforts by collecting the fallen branches and scattered sticks. You also can rent a wood-chipper from many garden or hardware stores and turn your debris into mulch.
- Rake dead leaves and twigs. Last year’s leaves will make great compost, but not if they keep the grass from absorbing sunlight. Thoroughly rake the yard and garden beds and, if you don’t plan to compost, investigate whether your town will be making special arrangements to collect bagged leaves.
- Prune and trim. Prune back weatherworn bushes and hedges as well as any perennials that look overgrown. Trim damaged tree limbs and branches that you can reach, and decide if needed, for a professional tree trimmer to take care of the rest.
- Map out landscaping and garden plans. If you’re going to make any changes to your
current landscaping, make a sketch of your lawn indicating what sort of trees, shrubs, or plants you’d like to add. Even for DIY types, it’s always a good idea to consult with a gardener or landscaper at the nursery before making any final decisions or purchases.
- Start planting. Check the planting dates on your new purchases. Any plants, trees or shrubbery hearty enough to survive early spring’s still cool nights can be put in the ground now.
- Use Planters. Bright floral filled planters can cheer up a front entryway or porch. Don’t forget your deck or patio. Larger planters with Japanese maples or a small shrub can dress up an area. Making an inviting retreat to relax in.
“Outside and inside make the home you are selling shine. Potential Buyers will envision themselves enjoying the yard and making new memories in their new home. A little time in the yard and garden can have big payoffs when selling a home.” ~ Mary Klein, Coldwell Banker Bain
For more helpful tips, do not forget to call your local realtor!