Curb Appeal

Best on the Block: Residential Landscaping Advice to Help Sell Your Home

Experts provide insight into ways to enhance the curb appeal of your house for prospective buyers

As the old adage goes, “location, location, location” is key in the real estate industry. But for those looking to get the most out of their home sale, making sure that the house found at that location is aesthetically pleasing is just as important in today’s highly competitive housing market.

Every little bit of polish helps, but you don’t need to break the bank to enhance the curb appeal of your home. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure that your home is the most attractive on the block.

Estate Envy tapped some experts from landscaping companies based in Ohio and Colorado for some tips on how to spruce up your spot for this spring and summer.

Create A Great First Impression

Naturally, the first place most prospective home buyers will look is the very front of the house. So, Carmen Osenbaugh with Grunder Landscaping Company in Dayton, Ohio, advises to start with the front door itself.

“Make the front door look fabulous! Does the landscape beckon you to enter the front door of the home? This can be achieved by making the front door the focal point and accentuating that with colorful plantings and/or architecturally-appropriate containers filled with annuals,” said Osenbaugh.

But before you even reach the front door, there is some work that can be done to aid in creating a positive first impression. For Stephanie Early with Timberline Landscaping Inc. out of Colorado Springs, the journey to the door is an opportunity in itself.

“A simple, well placed pathway can aid in curb appeal and functionality,” said Early.

Step Up Your Lawn Game

Simply maintaining a clean and mowed lawn is the first step to making sure the outside of your home will make prospective buyers want to live inside of it.

“Weed control and lawn appearance are sure to give your home a nice clean appearance and when you are preparing to sell, that first impression of a home is invaluable,” said Early.

Early also suggests adding some color with an annual flower bed or a colorful perennial bed.

“Keep it neat and tidy,” said Osenbaugh. “Nobody wants to have to tame a jungle as soon as they purchase a new home. Clean up the landscape by re-edging beds, pruning shrubs and fluffing/adding mulch where necessary – and remember to never apply more than a two-inch thickness of mulch.”

Take Comfort Outdoors with an Outdoor Living Area

Spending time in the great outdoors, but with the comfort and closeness of your home, is a hot trend throughout the country. Not only does an outdoor living area serve as a defacto “extra room” outside of the house, but it can be a big selling point to those looking to purchase your home.

“Outdoor living spaces are a hot trend and an improvement shown to add value to a home. Items like paver patios, fire pits, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens provide a great return,” said Early.

Early added that even simple decks or patios have been shown to have tremendous return on investment for both the sellers and the buyers.

“The outdoor living area, an area for the homeowner to relax and entertain in the form of patio with attractive and comfortable seating and a dining area, is a real bonus. If the back porch/patio lacks pizzazz, it would be worth staging it with attractive furniture and container plantings. Even setting the table can add appeal,” said Osenbaugh.

Think Beyond Just the Aesthetics

Tapping into the specific needs and desires of the prospective home buyers in your neighborhood and area can help guide what adjustments will be important to those considering your home.

“In Colorado, we see a continuing trend towards xeriscaping and water savings,” said Early. “Consider reducing the amount of turf grass and using water conscious plants and materials. Often this means using native plants, which has the added bonus of being fantastic for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.”

Early added that many homeowners don’t consider proper placement of trees and shrubs in order to reduce energy costs related to heating and cooling the home – and including that in your presentation can go a long with prospective buyers.

Many people do not consider that proper placement of your trees and shrubs can reduce energy costs related to heating and cooling your home.