These landscape tips will come in handy when you put that for sale sign in the ground. Whether you’re selling your house or just want to make the neighbors envious, enhancing the curb appeal of your home can be a rewarding project — and not just for your ego. It can also boost your bank account.
[su_spoiler title=”video transcript”]Curb appeal, baby. That’s something you’ve got to have. If you’re asking some buyer to show me the money when it’s time to sell your house, I’ve got seven landscaping tips to help maximize your curb appeal when we come back. [inaudible] welcome to my youtube channel. I’m Phoenix real estate agent John Cunningham with exp realty and right here on youtube every single Thursday. I’m right here answering your real estate questions, so do yourself a favor and hit that subscribe button and the notification bell that way I’ll let you know when I’ve got my next video uploaded. Tip Number one is think of your front yard as a canvas. If you stand back and you see one color as in brown dirt, you got to do something about that. Ideally, you’re going to have lots of color and we’re going to come up with some of those ideas. Next, tip number two is yet you guessed it, color. It’s got a pop. If you want them to stop when that buyer is with their agent driving by, you want to make sure that they can’t wait to get in the front door as soon as they see the front of your house. If it doesn’t look good, chances are they’ll just drive right on by. Tip Number three is you’ve got to have depth and edges. In other words, you don’t want the grass growing over onto the sidewalk. You want to see those delineated lines between the sidewalk, the pathways, and the front door. Tip number four is we want to highlight the past with lighting. So if you’ve got a walkway going from the curb up your front door, pick some really nice lighting, some led lighting to make that path illuminated at night. It really makes a big difference and you’d be surprised how many buyers look at your house in the daytime and [inaudible] and then intentionally come back by an evening to see how the neighborhood looks and to see how your house looks in the evening. If you’ve got highlighted pathways and good lighting in your front yard, it’s really gonna make a big difference. Tip number five is be unconventional. Pick things that are going to make your house stand out. Work with the local nursery to pick plants and trees. They’re going to really make your house stand out from the crowd. Tip number six is prune and cut. Make sure that you don’t have tree limbs that are hanging down, blocking the view of your house. And my final tip, tip number seven is restore the luster to your house. If you’ve got hardscaping that has dirt cotton, if you’ve got a brick pathway, if the front of your house was a little bit dirty, go rent a power washer. If you don’t own one, wash that off. Having a clean entrance, a clean house from the curb, really is going to impact the way that that buyer feels emotionally and again, it’s going to be one of those things that just draws them to the inside. They can’t wait to get the to the inside of your house. If you’ve done those seven things, they’re gonna be drooling. Hey, don’t go yet. I’ve got something for you down below. I’ve got a home buyer checklist. You can click on that download at no cost to you. Use that when you go through your home buying process. It’ll help you keep on track. It’ll help you see what’s coming next. If you have any other questions about real estate, post your questions below, I’ll make sure to get to them. Thanks for watching this video this week. See Ya.[/su_spoiler]
The landscaping tips will make all the difference. According to the National Association of Realtors, the typical homebuyer views 10 homes during the house-hunting process. So, if you intend to sell your home, it must compete successfully against the other nine.
It comes down to making a first impression. So the home’s exterior, including pathways, yard, and garden needs to capture and entice. Here are seven landscape tips to maximize curb appeal, and the
🖌 1. Use Your Home as a Canvas
Landscape tips that’ll make a difference. Don’t leave your hard-earned cash on the table when you sell your home. Maximizing your curb appeal will help you put more of your home equity back in your pocketbook.
Think of yourself as an artist about to paint a masterpiece. Your landscape is the first thing people see when they arrive, so it must be picture-perfect. Three out of four home sellers plan to spend money improving their homes before putting them on the market.
Sassy Grassy Front Yard
Landscaping can be a relatively inexpensive way to compete. Start with the lawn. The high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Phoenix leave many lawns looking unkempt, even yellow or brown. If you’ve planted a warm-season grass like Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, you’re one step ahead of the game.
Both are drought-resistant. But even drought-resistant grasses need regular, deep watering every three to four days unless there is rain. The time of day is also important. Water early in the morning to give the grass time to soak up the water.
Regular mowing, edging and weeding are just as important. Mow in a different direction each week to encourage the blades to grow upright. Edging every other week will give your lawn that manicured look.
💖 2. Add Color
Homebuyers are looking for a low-maintenance yard, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to cacti and yucca plants.
Look for native flowers such as feather bush or desert fairy duster to make the landscape pop.
Native flowers and plants are those that have been in Arizona since before the first European settlers arrived.
They thrive in the climate and soil conditions and need little water or maintenance. It’s best to choose flowers and plants that match or complement the color of your home.
But if you can’t find them, consider a desert container garden and select containers that follow the color scheme to host the plants. You can use those containers to line the front walkway.
Trees | Big Pots | Flowers
Sometimes adding a couple of oversized pots with small trees in them makes for a stately look. Add some geraniums in around that those trees and you’ve really got a handsome look.
Many varieties of trees do really well in pots. Work with your local nursery to select the perfect statement tree for your house. You’d be surprised to see how much impact this can make on your curb appeal.
🌳 3. Add Depth and Sharpen the Edges
Landscape tips # 3 is all about the edges.
Mix and match shapes, textures, foliage, and color to achieve depth in your garden. Use fine-textured plants in the front row, medium-textured plants in the center and taller or large-leafed plants in the back.
Create a border between the garden and lawn. Landscaping timbers, plastic edges or brick offer architectural structure to the landscape. The yard looks neater, and manual trimming becomes a breeze.
💡 4. Highlight the Garden and Pathways
You’ve put a lot of work into the landscape, so show it off at night. Rope lighting around your garden will highlight the neatly trimmed edges.
Solar lights along the pathway will increase security and safety and give your home a nice glow. Same thing with the patio. Aim a light at the trees.
🙋 5. Be Unconventional
Most mailboxes are humdrum and don’t add anything to the landscape. Why not surround yours with a garden or planter featuring plants that won’t overgrow or need much maintenance. Do the same with the electrical boxes and HVAC units. They’re
necessary items, but few people want to see them.
Pro tip: Don’t plant cacti or other sharp-edged plants if you ever want to see a piece of mail or a service technician again.
🍀 6. Prune and Cut
Start by pruning your larger shrubs and trees with a trusty electric hedge trimmer, then use hand shears to take care of the little details.
Once that is done, remove trashy- looking trees and overgrowth. Re-evaluate your landscape. That vegetable patch might look like heaven to you and your family, but it could mean unwanted maintenance for potential buyers.
🚰 7. Restore the Luster With a Power-Wash
Over time the hardscaping can get dirty and grungy. Either rent a power-washer or hire a professional to pressure-wash the paved areas, deck, garage, and fence. The inside of your home is also important. But you won’t get buyers inside unless the
outside is inviting. Most real estate agents will tell you the location of a home is vital, but so is landscaping, landscaping, landscaping.
So get out there and use these 7 landscape tips to maximize your curb appeal.
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Today’s guest post article is written by Cat Murphy. Cat is a gardening and landscaping writer, and outdoor extraordinaire. She enjoys cooking for family and friends and going on long hikes anywhere and everywhere in nature.