If you are planning to put your house up for sale this spring, you may wonder what you can do to make your yard more attractive to potential buyers. As winter comes to a close, use the following tips to beautify your yard to increase your home's curb appeal.
1. Clean up All Debris
After winter storms have knocked down branches and blown leaves and debris into your harm, your first task for improving the appearance of your yard is to clean it all up. Not only does they make your property appear chaotic, but it sends a signal to potential buyers that the interior of your home may be in disrepair if the yard is not kept up.
Clean up any trash that has found its way into your yard first. Then, pick up any large branches before raking up the leaves. Raking the leaves also helps you you get a better visual of your lawn's condition, as discussed in the next section.
2. Sow Grass Seed in Bare Spots
Once you have cleared away any visual obstacles, look for large bare spots in your lawn. If you leave these spots, it may give the impression that your lawn is not healthy, possibly discouraging passersby from wanting to take a closer look at your house for sale.
If you do find any bare spots, throw a layer of grass seed on them. Do your sowing right before a light spring rain so that the water can carry the seeds down into the soil.
3. Trim Your Trees and Bushes
Once you have taken care of the bald spots in your grass, turn your attention upward to your bushes and trees. If there are any dead branches, or the foliage looks wild and unkempt, these could make your yard appear messy.
To spruce up the appearance of your trees and bushes, cut out any dead branches or twigs. If possible, do this before they start to sprout so you can avoid hurting them. However, if you are unsure whether or not a branch is dead, wait until you start seeing new leaves. If none are found on a branch, you can cut it off without harming the plant.
After cutting out any dead matter, trim the edges of any branches or stems that are growing in disarray. Again, do this right before they spring to life to prevent damaging them.
Beautifying your yard before you put your home on the market can help increase its curb appeal, making it more attractive to potential buyers passing by. For more tips on preparing your house before selling it, speak with your real estate agent to get personalized advice.