June 27th, 2014 12:52 PM by Jackie A. Graves, President
Your front yard is the red
carpet inviting buyers into the beauty that is your home. If it's rugged, messy
and unkempt, buyers will take one look and then keep on driving to the next
property on their list. Don't let that happen by making your front yard luscious
and as amazing as the inside of your home.
areas should you focus on in your front yard? Where do you start? To help you
break down the revitalization of your front yard, here are the steps you should
don't want to trudge through high grass as though they were in the Amazon or on
a safari in Africa.
This means the lawn mower needs to be out at
least once a week if not every other week, keeping it trimmed and maintained.
It also needs to be green so it looks alive
and lush. Water so the sun doesn't dry out the lawn and turn it yellow or
A professional landscaper can help
maintain a balance of trimming and growth so it looks just right for buyers.
2. Plant more shade
One or two trees in the front yard are all
right, but if you want to really add some shade, plant more. Shade trees will
detract from the glare of the sun, and it can help decrease the temperature of
the house if they're placed close to windows. It also will help keep the lawn
green with moisture. You can plant trees that are shorter and will grow by the
time the new owner buys the home, but be sure they're strong and can handle the
3. Install outdoor
Outdoor lighting is a good way to both
illuminate the house at night and accent parts of your yard. Depending on where
you install the lights, your house will look very appealing at night to those
buyers who might not have time to do their shopping during the day. Outdoor
lighting also helps to illuminate a path like a sidewalk to get from the curb
to your front door for easier navigation. It helps to accent the beauty of your
landscaping which all together increases the beauty of your home.
4. Consider adding
flowers for more color.
If your front yard has a lot of greenery, you
should increase the yard appeal by adding more colors. Flowers are a great and
simple way to do this, as well as shrubbery with different blooms. Perennials
are the best for this because they last for more than a year, which means less
maintenance for the seller and the new homeowner. They come in a wide variety of
colors and types so the yard can be decorated with any number of them while
still requiring less maintenance.
5. Keep everything
In addition to keeping the lawn trimmed,
everything else should be clean. Anywhere that can build up dirt or grime -
siding, porch, front door, driveway - should be cleaned on a regular basis.
Buyers don't want to see a lot of dirt and mess, and it will detract from them
wanting to walk into the house. So take a broom, a power washer and a few hours
on the weekend to keep everything sparkling clean. Don't have a power washer? A
professional power washing service can cost as little as $293.
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