The first thing that naturally comes to mind when this question arises is curb appeal. The exterior is obviously what the potential buyer will first see. If you don’t have the outside of your house, including your yard, looking its best, then you’ve tainted the buyer’s first impression. To avoid that, you need to look into outdoor décor on a long term basis.
Touch up the Mulch
Nothing spruces up a place like a new application of mulch, so apply a fresh layer in all your garden beds. The color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything pop. What’s more, mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply.
Plant Some Instant Color
Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. Go for a splash of several colors or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home.
Shape Unsightly or Overgrown Trees and Shrubs
Regardless of the season, it’s a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores because nothing says neglect like a bunch of dead branches. The idea is to show how well not only your house but your garden has been maintained. It’s okay to prune deciduous trees and shrubs any time of the year.
Plant More Trees
Trees are a long-term investment and appreciate over time. Since younger trees are generally more appreciated amongst buyers, make sure that the trees will be somewhere between 3 – 8 years old when you are selling. The key elements of smart tree placement are privacy and shade. Take care of these 2 things and buyers will quickly appreciate your efforts.
Install a Deck
Besides instantly raising the value of your property with minimal investment, a functional outdoor deck will also allow you and future owners to:
- Spend more time outdoors under the sun.
- Host outdoor parties and celebrations with a convenient place to stay at.
- Eat, drink, and chill outside rather than within the four walls.
If you are a do-it-yourself warrior, consider constructing a deck yourself to save money and profit even more. Like most projects, ensure you place quality over quantity and you should see a return on your investment.
RE/MAX Realty Professionals—The Results Team—is ready to help you buy or sell your home! Visit www.calltheresultsteam.com. Or call Lesa Miller at 812-360-3863 and Jenivee Schoenheit at 317-258-0995.