How landscaping can help sell your home

A little curb appeal goes a long way

Are you thinking about listing your home?

If so, you’re probably busy primping your living room, decluttering closets and putting a fresh coat of paint on some walls. And those are all good ideas. But, don’t forget about the yard!

Creating curb appeal through some basic landscaping can make the difference between “Meh” and “Me likey!” And if it’s done well, landscaping can increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell.

Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, investing in your yard is something that shouldn’t be overlooked or underdone. 

The basics – clean, weed and pop in some colour

Doing a major landscape makeover isn’t in the cards for most people, but that doesn’t mean things couldn’t be improved upon. Spend some time and money on getting your yard in shape and you’ll be glad you did.

Here are some basic things you can do to spruce up the place:

  • Keep a weed-free garden and lawn
  • Go buy some ready-to-go flowering annuals and potted plants to perk up the area around the front door
  • Mow and water regularly, and mulch the edge of the lawn for a clean, tidy look
  • Power wash decks, stairs and cement work
  • Add some new mulch or dark dirt to improve general contrast

Take it a step further and call in pros

It might be a good idea to get in a lawn maintenance company or even a landscaping business if you have the opportunity. I’m not saying you need to put in a new walkway with lights leading to a gazebo, but some consistent, knowledgeable lawn care, proper pruning of trees and few new shrubs might help your patchy backyard shine. Then again, who knows? A nice little water feature could become your property’s biggest selling point!

Whichever route you take, rest assured that a colourful, tidy yard is an excellent way to make a good – and lasting – first impression.

As always, please feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss real estate related topics and considerations. Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page or website to keep up to date on the latest Comox Valley listings.

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