Quick Fixes to Increase Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are important. A potential buyer is swayed by the immediate exterior image your home displays, whether they are driving by or looking at a photo online. A well-maintained landscape can signal to buyers that the house has also been well-maintained. Follow these three simple and cost-effective landscaping tips to spruce up the image of your home. They are sure to enhance your chances for a quicker and more profitable home sale!

First, color, color, and more color!

shutterstock_72286615You are familiar with the real estate adage “location, location, location” when buying a property; this is the landscape equivalent. Investing a hundred or two hundred dollars on colorful annuals to place along the main circulation routes of your house will help make a great first impression with potential buyers. Put annuals in places the buyers will immediately see when they first look at the house, locations where they will spend the most time, and entry and exit points of the house. A pot or two of overflowing annuals by the front steps or doorway is a nice touch that home buyers will appreciate. Nice pottery and containers are an investment you’ll be able to take with you to the new house. If you are unsure which plants to choose, the staff at Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden is always available to help.

Next, add fresh mulch to your planting beds.

shutterstock_1042204851A close second to adding colorful annuals to the landscape is to apply a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch is a relatively inexpensive way to enhance the beauty of your yard and it makes the plants in your garden eye-catching and new-looking. Mulching offers the added benefits of moisture retention and weed control, both of which can contribute to the health and appearance of your plants and garden beds.

Third, prune your existing shrubs and trees.

Pruning ShrubCleaning up your existing landscape goes a long way. Remove and replace any dead or struggling plants. Trim shrubs or tree limbs that are encroaching into walkways and other circulation areas where potential buyers will be walking. You don’t want them avoiding an overgrown prickly holly shrub or crouching under a tree limb as they make it to your front door.