It’s not just the look of the house that will make buyers more interested in a home. The look of the yard and grounds are extremely important to home buyers. As the spring sales season approaches there are lots of small projects around the home that sellers should do to make sure that the outside of the house looks as appealing to the buyers as the inside. Here are a few of the outdoor projects that should be done before a home is listed for sale:
After the winter months the yard may have a build up of downed branches, dead trees and brush, and other debris. All of that debris should be gotten rid of before the house is listed for sale. Dead trees should be cut down. Bushes should be pruned and any overgrowth in the yard or garden should be cleaned out. Making the grounds of the home look tidy and cared for is very important.
After the winter the lawn can look a little beat up. If there are bare patches or patches where the grass looks brown and unhealthy instead of green and fresh it’s a good idea for sellers to have sod laid down in those areas to make the entire lawn area look more appealing. If there are any places that can be transformed into additional green spaces like a small space next to the house or a bare patch near the patio sod should be put down in those areas too. Remember that buyers want to have as much outdoor living space as possible.
The best way to impress spring buyers is to showcase the beauty of the land around the house with flowers and new bushes and greenery. Even though the flowers might not bloom before the buyer sees the house just seeing living and growing green plants around the home will make it a lot more appealing. To add some pops of springtime color sellers can put blooming flowers in planters and pots near the front door, along the walkway, or on the deck or patio. Fresh flowers inside the home are also a nice touch and will make the home seem fresh and appealing.
Make sure that all cement walkways and the driveway are powerwashed so that they are free of debris and stains. Sellers should keep those areas swept and looking good. If there are walkways or garden paths that are made of woodchips, mulch or other materials those pathways should have fresh woodchips or mulch put down so that they look lush and inviting instead of looking old and worn out. New paving stones should be put in if the paths are made of stones.Gurpreet Ghatehora on