A home’s garden and landscaping have a big influence on its curb appeal. In general, buyers are attracted to tidy yards, colorful plants, well-maintained shrubs and an easy-to-maintain landscape. With a little time and energy, most home sellers can turn their home’s garden into an asset that home buyers will appreciate when they come to see the property.
Flowers make the yard look cheerful and welcoming to home buyers. Annuals are the perfect types of flowers to plant because they’re colorful, easy to maintain, and spread quickly. If you’re thinking about putting your home up for sale in the summer or late spring, plant annuals as soon as the weather permits. Choose flowers in a range of colors to attract as much attention as possible to your yard.
To encourage your plants to spread more quickly during the growing season, cut off the blooms as soon as they’ve been inserted in the ground. Removing the blossoms will encourage the plants to grow harder than ever to replace what was lost, and the plants will be lush and full in just a few weeks after planting.
Keep Flowers Blooming Until The House Sells
Some flowers, especially certain perennials, will bloom for only a few weeks out of each year. While the home is on the market, it’s a good idea to keep flowers blooming continuously throughout the growing season. If your home’s gardens are filled with perennials that only bloom for short periods of time, use these tricks to keep flowers blooming for longer:
- Cut off blossoms as soon as they start to die to encourage the plant to produce more blossoms.
- Fertilize the plants regularly throughout the growing season.
- Plant annuals like begonias, impatiens, marigolds and geraniums alongside the perennials, because these plants are known to bloom all summer long.
Prune Shrubs That Block Windows
Shrubs that block the windows of the house can make the home’s interior dark while also blocking the view of the garden. Overgrown shrubs can also give your home’s exterior a messy quality that could be unattractive to some buyers. To make your yard more tidy and attractive, cut back any overgrown shrubs. Try to achieve a symmetrical, geometrical appearance. Spherical or box-like shrubs look well-maintained and well-planned and can send subtle, positive messages about a homeowner’s maintenance habits.
Use Matching Mulch in All Flower Beds
Mulch comes in a variety of colors and can be made from many materials. Use matching mulch in all flower beds to make the yard look uniform and coordinated. This will give the garden a cohesive appearance, unifying it so it can appeal to more buyers.
Place Big Floral Displays Close to the Front Door
Place big, ornamental plants in close proximity to the front door to draw attention to home’s entrance. At the same time, be careful not to block the entrance to the door or to hide the door in any way. By placing large, bright plants near the front door, it will draw the buyer’s eye, as well as their attention. The curb appeal of the front door is an important element of a buyer’s first impression and is one of many quick steps that can speed up the selling process.
Use Garden Lighting
Solar-powered garden lighting can help make your home visible from the street for after-hours home shoppers. This type of garden lighting also has the advantage of being easy to install, requiring no work from an electrician. In fact, most solar-powered garden lighting is simply driven into the ground by stakes attached to the base of the light.
Pathways between garden beds can help home buyers explore your property safely and easily. Keep pathways weeded and edged so they will look good and function properly.
Work With Your Real Estate Professional
Your real estate professional can help you make smart decisions to boost curb appeal and encourage home buyers to make an offer. To find out more about how you can make your home more attractive before it goes on the market, contact a reputable real estate professional in your area today.