Your yard is the first thing that prospective buyers notice when they pull up at your home and some buyers tend to base their decision to buy on their first impression. For this reason it is important that you make your yard look as appealing as possible to help your home make a great first impression. Nothing turns off prospective buyers more than seeing an overgrown yard. To buyers this is a sign of work that they will have to do to make the home something that they can enjoy.
Experts suggest that the best time to get your yard in cleaned up and presentable is about a month before you plan to list your home. This should provide you with adequate time to get everything looking as clean and pretty as possible. By preparing your yard in advance of listing your home it also shows that you took the time to make your home look as good as possible without leaving it for the last minute. If you have a lot of planters placed throughout your yard now is the perfect time to spruce them up and add some colorful and attractive plants. Placing planters on decks and next to doorways is a great way to draw attention to those specific areas. It also gives buyers an idea of what they can accomplish if they decide to use planters to decorate the yard.
Another great thing you can do to make your yard shine is to freshen up any flower beds that you may have. This includes removing any old faded mulch and replacing it with new fresh mulch. Mulch is a great tool to use if you would like to showcase flowers and shrubs; it provides the colors of the flowers with some contrast to make them pop. Mulch is an inexpensive way to make your yard look well-cared for and manicured. While you are working on the flower beds you may also want to plant some flowers that may be in season. This is another rather inexpensive way to spruce up your yard and get it noticed. When planting flowers it is important that you add a lot of variety in the colors, choosing flowers of just one color tends to give the flower bed a monochromatic look.
If you plan on taking any of your plants with you when you move now is the time to remove them. If you choose to leave them until after the home is sold, it is your responsibility to notify the buyers of what you plan on leaving and what you plan on taking with you. To avoid any conflict with the new owners you should remove anything you don‚Äôt plan on leaving before you list your home.