Are you getting ready to put your home up for sale? Are you hoping to get absolute top dollar so that you can invest in a new home of your dreams? If that’s the case, then you will want to be concerned about a little thing called curb appeal. Curb appeal is basically the first impression that potential buyers have of your home. Within just a few seconds of looking at the exterior of your home buyers will have already determined the curb appeal of your home, and there’s no taking back that first impression.
What this means is that, in order for your house to appeal to buyers and invite them to check it out and come inside, you need to have exceptional curb appeal. Curb appeal can even help your house to stand out from others in the neighborhood and be unique.
Here we’ll take a look at some simple garden and landscaping tricks that can enhance the curb appeal of your home, and thereby get you maximum selling price you’ve been dreaming of.
Take Care of the Grass
Even if you don’t have the time, money, or energy to put a lot of work into landscaping, caring for the grass can go a long way where curb appeal is concerned. Thick, lush, green grass is inviting and makes it feel as though the house is cared for. With that in mind, one of the first questions homeowners have is “how should I water my lawn”?
The first thing to be aware of is how much to water your lawn. Ideally you want to be sure that your lawn gets 1.0-1.5″ of water on a weekly basis, either from rainfall or watering with a sprinkler. What this means is during a drought you will need to be sure you stay on top of watering it. Also, you want to water the lawn early in the morning, around the 7am mark.
Edge the Lawn
You can also take the appeal of your lawn one step further and edge it, which gives it a tidy and professional feel. All you’ll need for this job is an edger.
Clean Up the Garden
The next step is to give your garden a good cleaning. This means pruning hedges and bushes, dead-heading flowers, and fluffing up the soil. An inexpensive trick you can use to make the garden look sharp is to add mulch.
Add Pops of Color to the Garden
Planting brightly colored annuals throughout your garden will give that pop of color that will really stand out and catch the eye. Use various shades to create interest and depth. It’s also a good tip to pick colors that complement the color of your house (the brick, garage door, and front door).
Pull Any Weeds
The final tip will cost you nothing but will have a big impact and that’s to stay on top of weeding the lawn and the garden. Again, it’s about creating that cared-for look that is so appealing to buyers.