When showing a home for sale, it always pays to show off – and, regardless of the season, you should never underestimate the impact of a fresh landscaping treatment to frame your property to best advantage.
How can you use landscaping techniques for maximum visual impact? Read on for some easy landscaping ideas that will add value to your home and motivate buyers!
Plant Some Instant Color
For an easy visual upgrade, container plants full of bright flowers add a pop of color. These can give “curb appeal” to a front yard and draw attention to outdoor landscaping features. If you’re having an open house, consider using flowers to create a visual pathway to your front door. Studies show that colors like yellow and red can increase excitement and create a sense of energy, so make sure to choose eye-catching blossoms in a warm color palette, like geraniums, zinnias, and marigolds.
Paint High-Impact Accents
If you can’t afford to repaint the exterior of your house, you can use a more frugal strategy for the same visual impact. Painting an exterior feature like doors, shutters, or window frames in a bright accent color will create a visual “spotlight.” Pick a bold shade that helps your house stand out, but make sure to match it to the rest of your color scheme.
Power Wash Power Up
Garden additions can add visual impact, but don’t forget to brighten up exterior surfaces. A power wash is an easy, cost-effective way to freshen up a paint job and make every fixture look brand new. Don’t forget fences, outbuildings, and vinyl siding – and make sure to carefully clean any outdoor water fixtures like pools and fountains.
Trim Outdoor Plants
Hedges and garden borders create a welcoming garden environment for buyers who want to check out your back yard, but they need to be carefully maintained in order to pay off. Tidy up perennials and annuals, prune dead branches, and remove stray leaves and unhealthy plants. Adding labels will make every herbaceous border look like a lovingly tended garden. If you have time, you might even want to create a “Plant Scrapbook” with photos for display. This simple step can help customers orient and give them a sense of your garden’s potential.
Behind the Scenes
Take care of any maintenance issues in advance of an open house. Make sure that gutters are clear, downspouts are functional, and sprinkler systemse in good condition. Creaky banisters, wobbly railings, shaky steps, and missing fence slats all need repair – you don’t want buyers noticing a maintenance problem when they’re touring your garden.
Keep It Simple, Seller
Going overboard can actually backfire – if a landscaping feature seems too labor-intensive, buyers will worry that it’s a white elephant. Clean, uncluttered yards with a few simple highlights to lead customers to your front door should be plenty. Use this guideline when considering landscaping improvements – hardy, climate-adapted plants will be much more reassuring than high-maintenance garden treatments. A lush, well-maintained lawn will provide a vivid green flag for interested buyers touring the neighborhood.
Staging a property can seem complicated, but you can add visual impact and interest without breaking the bank. These simple landscaping strategies can help you increase your “curb appeal” with minimal effort and low cost.
This guest post is contributed by Square 1 Group, a real estate web design company.
About the Author: Square 1 Group is a boutique digital marketing firm based in Los Angeles, California. Our real estate experience combines with our digital marketing expertise to provide the ideal knowledge base for real estate agents looking to expand their business online.