You always hear about the importance of preparing the inside of your home when you are getting ready to put it on the market. Clear the clutter, take down personal photographs, take care of any necessary repairs, make updates where you can and stage all of the rooms so they look their best. All of these are very important tasks that need to be considered when you are trying to sell your house.
But what about the outside? Unfortunately, many homeowners get so busy making sure the inside of their homes look perfect that they forget to address the exterior as well. Homeowners who are planning to sell their houses need to pay just as much attention to the yard, since this feature can help to make or break a deal. How so?
1. Potential homebuyers establish their first impression from what they see outside.
The reality is that the old phrase of “don’t judge a book by its cover” does not apply during the home search process. The visual appeal of a house is what makes the decision for many buyers as they are looking for a new place to call home, and the appearance of the yard will help establish their first impression.
A house simply seems more inviting when the lawn is mowed, bushes are trimmed, fresh mulch has been applied and pretty flowers are blooming. Additionally, if you have taken care of the exterior of the home, potential buyers are more likely to believe that you have done your due diligence on the inside as well.
2. Curb appeal can add value to your home.
Real estate professionals say that great landscaping can increase the value of your home by up to 12%. Homebuyers will be able to justify the price of your home when they can see where the effort and money have been spent. It’s hard to justify paying full asking price for a house when the outside does not match the quality of the inside. The equation ends up being quite simple. Spend a weekend or two sprucing up your yard, add value to your home, entice homebuyers and make more money.
3. Make it easy for potential homebuyers to make it their home.
Potential homebuyers are more likely to make an offer when they can picture themselves actually living there. A well-manicured yard helps them to envision the backyard barbecues they will throw, the dog running around and their kids playing baseball in the sunshine. Your yard lets them see the full potential of the house and lifestyle they will be inheriting.
Just by putting a little extra effort into your yard, you can be well on your way to selling your home.