Spring and summer are the best times for homeowners to start preparing their landscape before they put their home on the market. All potential buyers love a good looking yard and those who have kids like it even more. Your main focus should be landscaping or “curb appeal”.
Landscaping or “curb appeal”, is the first thing potential buyers notice when pull up to your home. Therefore, to get them to the door, you need good curb appeal. Curb appeal alone can increase the value of your home by 5% to 11%.
Studies show that things such as curving flower beds and design sophistication attract potential buyers better than a rectangular box filled with flowers. The size and diversity of plants is also important to potential buyers. Colorful plants such as annuals are inexpensive and easy to put in and really brighten the look of the yard.
Also, while you’re looking to create curb appeal, you’ll want to give consideration to the materials you’ll be using that will attract insects. Ask your local landscaping supply store about different types of foliage and what kind of insects they may attract. Taking a few notes can save you a future headache. Areas like Tulsa, OK where the weather gets plenty of warm days each summer will have more insects.
Other things to look for when getting your yard ready for sale are:
Root problems – if you see cracks in your driveway or sidewalk, you might have a root problem.
Sewer/septic tank problems -if you notice a sunken area of the yard, it is possible that you have a leaky sewer or septic tank.
Limb control – check to make sure there are no limbs near your roof, fences or power lines. This can save damage from animals and weather.
Tree health – trees that have fungus or mushrooms growing at the bottom of them may have health issues and need to be removed.
Thoughtfully creating and maintaining your landscaping or “curb appeal” is a huge benefit to both the buyer and seller.