Curb appeal is what real estate agents use to describe how attractive a home appears when looking at it from the street. In order to draw buyers in, your home has to have strong curb appeal. If you plan on listing your home for sale in the near future, make sure you follow these landscaping tips to add curb appeal:
Do a mailbox makeover.
Mailboxes probably don’t come to mind when you think of landscaping, but they are very important in adding curb appeal to your home. As buyers pull up to your house, the mailbox may be the first thing they lay eyes on, so it has to make a strong, positive first impression. Surround the area around the mailbox post with bright, beautiful flowers or shrubs, especially if the post that you have is old with visible damage. If you really want to go the extra mile, consider switching out your mailbox to a newer one so it really shines.
Accessorize your door.
After buyers look at the mailbox, their eyes may be drawn up to the front door, since this is probably where they will enter your home. Make sure the area doesn’t disappoint them by hanging plants on your porch or putting potted flowers in the area around your door. If the rest of your yard is covered in greenery, this is the one spot where you should splash as much color as possible to make it bright and inviting.
Are your fences damaged? Are there signs of wear and tear? Don’t turn buyers off by showing off your old fences. Instead, you should consider buying vines that can crawl across the fence to cover the damage. Look into vines that bloom flowers during the spring and summer, since these will add an extra pop of color and surprise for potential buyers. Just make sure that if you do add vines, you maintain them so they don’t rapidly grow throughout your backyard.
Don’t go overboard.
You may think that going above and beyond with your landscaping will draw in more buyers, but the opposite could be true. Many buyers do not want to invest in a home with landscaping that will require a lot of maintenance. Try to create a yard that doesn’t require much maintenance outside of cutting the grass, watering the lawn and trimming shrubs to appeal to the widest group of buyers.
Backyards are just as important.
Although curb appeal describes how the front of your house looks, the backyard matters just as much. The backyard may be the last area that buyers look at before they end the tour of your home, so to make a lasting impression, you have to landscape this yard, too. Keep the backyard tidy, but don’t add as much landscaping as you would in the front. Backyards are used for entertainment and fun, so show buyers how much space they have available to them.
Now that you know how to landscape your home to add curb appeal, contact our team of real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty to list your home!