How Important is the Landscape When Selling a Home?

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How Important is the Landscape When Selling a Home? | The Experienced GardenerYou only have one opportunity to make a first impression. When you are trying to sell a home the first impression people get can be the deciding factor between them moving on to the next house or taking a closer look. Your first chance to make an impression on potential buyers is the exterior of your home. The landscape can make a big difference when it comes to getting your house looked at a sold quickly. There are a few things that healthy, well-maintained landscaping can do to help you sell your home.

Well-maintained landscaping can draw the eye where you want it to go.

Well placed landscaping can help you accentuate the areas of the house that you want potential buyers to notice. There is so much to take in when looking at a house for the first time so you need to use the landscaping to direct people’s attention. For example, if you have a home with a beautiful front porch you should play that up with your landscape choices. Do not allow huge shrubs to grow high and hide the details of the porch you want buyers to notice. Instead, trim them down so the porch can be seen and appreciated. You can apply this idea to any area of the house that you want to be noticed. You can also add colorful flowers to areas of interest. The eye will naturally be drawn to the pop of color.

Well-maintained landscaping can create a cohesive look throughout your yard.

One thing you do not want to do with your landscape when selling your home is have it be a distraction from the house. If people are confused about what you are trying to do they may spend too much time looking at the landscaping instead of focusing on the house. You can minimize this issue by creating a cohesive look with your landscaping. The best way to do this is to plan out your landscaping instead of going to the nursery without a plan. Choose something about your landscaping that you can remain consistent with throughout the yard. This could be a certain type of shrub or plant that you incorporate throughout the front and back of your home. Then you can add in additional flowers and plants to create interest. A landscape designer can help you come up with a plan if you need assistance designing your landscape with potential buyers in mind.  

Well-maintained landscaping can make the yardwork look effortless.

What do you want potential buyers to think about when they look at your yard? Working in the yard or enjoying the yard? Clearly it is better if they can imagine themselves enjoying the landscape instead of constantly working on it. In order to create that feeling for potential home buyers you need to keep the yard looking healthy and lush.

The landscape of your home is vitally important when you put it on the market. It can literally prevent some potential buyers from even taking the time to look at your home. Put some effort into the landscape of your home so it encourages buyers to take a closer look.      

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