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Simple Landscaping Upgrades to Attract Prospective Buyers

Posted: May 29, 2018 by Anna Jotham

When you’re ready to put your house on the market, you want it to wow prospective buyers. You want the curb appeal to reach out and grab their attention and compel them to make a competitive offer. And, if possible, you want it to happen fast.


Wow prospective buyers with quick and easy landscaping

The good news is having a green thumb may help you get more green from the sale of your home. Getting the attention of prospective buyers can be as easy as upgrading your landscaping. But don’t rent a backhoe just yet! You can make simple landscaping upgrades that won’t take much in the way of time or effort on your part but are likely to pay off big time.

So grab a spade, and let’s get to work. Here’s a look at some of the simple landscaping upgrades you can make to up your home’s curb appeal and inspire prospective homebuyers to make an offer.


1. Mow the lawn.

Sounds deceptively simple, right? But a yard with overgrown grass looks unkempt, so mow and trim it to keep it tidy. And keep up the good work! You’ll want to mow regularly when your house is on the market, perhaps even more often than you currently do, particularly during the hot spring retail season when grass can grow like, well, a weed. Which brings us to our next simple landscaping hack….


2. Pull the weeds.

Yeah, it can be backbreaking work, but pulling weeds really improves the look of your lawn and sends a strong first impression that you’ve taken good care of the home. In addition, you’ll want to trim where needed. Use a weed whacker if necessary, but be sure to take care of the trimming every time you mow.

Get rid of the dead stuff, and prune what’s overgrown. Not every plant makes it, so chances are you have some stuff that looks like its suffering. Take out whatever is dead and dying, such as bushes, plants and trees. Rake up any fallen leaves and gather any debris. Then take time to prune what’s overgrown or blocking your beautiful home from view. Pro tip: Got dead grass and don’t have time to reseed? Did you know you can paint your lawn? According to, “Landscape Tips To Help With Finding Home Buyers,” you can spray paint your lawn with semi-permanent color that lasts about three months. Now that’s simple.

Clean up the clutter. Maybe you don’t have a jalopy up on blocks, but any sort of clutter can detract from the beauty of your house and leave buyers feeling like the home may have been neglected. So clean up your act, and get rid of any clutter.

3. Bring on the mulch.

Mulch is among a gardener’s best friends: it takes care of weeds and makes your landscaping look pulled together while also retaining moisture, according to, “5 landscaping tips to help you attract buyers and sell faster.”


4. Punch up the color.

Now comes the really fun stuff: go buy some flowers. For every bush you took out, you’ll want to bring in some color. Flowers can frame your front door and draw in prospective buyers. Resist the urge to go overboard, but know that a few carefully selected potted flowers can really up your home’s curb appeal. On, “Simple Landscaping Upgrades to Attract Prospective Buyers,” experts recommend adding some fresh annuals to the mix, such as petunias, marigolds and geraniums.


Get a little dirt under your fingernails and green in your hands

When it’s time to sell your home, you have a lot to think about, so it’s good to know some simple updates can make a big difference when it’s time to list your house. By making these simple landscaping upgrades to your yard, you’re more likely to get the buyers you need at the price you want. Happy landscaping!

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