When you think about improvements before you sell a home, you might think to revamp the interior to impress picky buyers. The trouble is that this leaves a lot of your exterior property off the list. Here are four reasons you need to put your landscaping and hardscaping front and center in your selling and home staging plans.
1. Curb Appeal
The concept of curb appeal may seem so overdone in real estate that it is practically cliché, but it remains extremely important. If prospective buyers cannot get past the problems they see from the street, they may not ever walk inside. This means that there is absolutely no excuse not to repair, maintain and replace parts of your yard, driveway and garage, particularly those aspects that are easily visible from hundreds of feet away. This is the area where you may want to throw the bulk of your home improvement budget, just so you can impress buyers as they drive up.
2. Update for the Season
You might have the most beautiful and manicured property on the street during late spring and summer, but the off-season always presents a challenge. If you are selling a home outside of the peak plant growth for the area, you have to rethink the landscaping before listing the home. After all, those lovely flowers are not going to excite anyone if they have already bloomed, wilted and been plucked away. Give your landscaping a seasonal upgrade. Add extra lighting around walkways, retaining walls and steps to highlight the special features of the property on the shorter days of the year.
3. Overall Care for the Home
As you inspect the exterior property, you must pay attention to the message that you send to buyers who come to look. Bear in mind that anyone who loves your curb appeal and interior is likely to check out the backyard, as well. What are they likely to find? Will they see an outstanding space for entertaining or relaxation? Or, will they be horrified to glimpse cracked pavement and crumbling outbuildings? Overgrowing trees and bushes and chipped or cracked walkways make a home seem older or neglected. Some minor upkeep and repairs may make a big difference in the property’s overall appearance.
4. Upgrade the Property
Of course, making your home look its best for buyers is about more than just bringing your property into the 21st Century. You want to compete with the neighbors, which means you need to have a landscape that is current without being too over the top. Think of what you like about the properties in your neighborhood, and add a few elements with your real estate agent’s agreement. Something simple like a new retaining wall, raised-bed garden or paved walkway might be all you need to take your property from drab to fab. As an added plus, you might recoup as much or more than you paid to install it in a higher sale price.
The home on the block with the amazing landscaping and hardscaping is the one that buyers will snatch up in an instant. With these four reasons to revamp your exterior property before selling a home, you know exactly how much of an effect this makeover could have for your home sale.