How To Update Your Yard Before Selling Your Home

Posted on Jan 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How To Update Your Yard Before Selling Your Home

If you’re starting the process of selling your home, we know you’ve got a lot of things on your plate. One of the questions you may be wondering about is whether you should get professional lawn care before you put the house up on the market. While it’s up to you if you want to hire a professional, it certainly doesn’t hurt to update your landscaping.

When it comes to selling your home, your front yard will help determine how other people feel about your house. Curb appeal is essential to most every home buyer. Therefore, it’s vital to try to make a minimal effort in the upkeep of your lawn.


When selling your home, if you can, plan your yard work and lawn care months before you need to sell. If you’re thinking of selling next year, now is the time to start planning. Start by cleaning up the yard. Make sure you remove any dead branches and foliage. Weeds should also be removed. If you have dead or dying plants, they should be removed or revitalized soon. Trim back overgrown shrubs and remove any plants that you’ve been neglecting. Decorate with some new flowerbeds. Potted flowers on the front porch will help make your home more inviting while your potential buyers are waiting for you or your real estate agent to open the front door. Try to stick with plants that stay green all year, especially because you may need to sell your home in the winter.


Trees can add value to your property, can provide a canopy of shade, as well as insulation from the sun. However, tree roots can damage the foundation of your home, so be sure to not plant them too close to it, or any buildings on your property. When planting trees, remember that not everyone wants trees that bear nuts or fruit, so consider trees that don’t.

When trying to sell a house, plan out a nice, simple lawn area and mulch the bed. You’ll want to limit the number of plants, and simplify the design so you can appeal to the widest net of people. Try plants that are drought-resistant, are native, and easy to care for.

Hiring a professional

Yes, we did say that you don’t need to, but if you’re running time, or you’re overwhelmed by the whole process, it might be best to call in a professional landscaping business. They’ll be able to update your lawn and garden for what is best suited for your needs and your budget. Make sure you pick a local company, since they have experience with the people and homes of the area, and will be able to give you ideas about what looks best, and what most people ask for.


When it comes to lawn care, you don’t want to go overboard. Stick to a few nice additions, and remember that maintenance is essential. If you follow these tips, your home will have great curb appeal, and attract the buyers you want. Good luck!

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens