Potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. Yet often a home's outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, in the preparation for the sales process. An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10% to the value of your home.

Plan ahead by giving yourself plenty of time to get your yard in order at least a few weeks before you plan to show. This way everything will be looking just right and not leave the impression that you waited until the last minute to organize your lawn. Following these tips for touching up your lawn will help your home to sell more quickly.

Spruce Up Outdoor Containers

Container plants, especially large tropicals, add interest to patios and doorways where prospective buyers enter a home. The possibilities for designing with container plants are endless. Take advantage of outdoor containers and reap the rewards.

Touch Up With Mulch

Mulch provides a relatively fast, easy and inexpensive way to spruce up a landscape. The darker color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes most all foliage pop.

Plant Some Instant Color

Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well. Go for a splash of several colors or a more monochromatic scheme if that is what best compliments the look of your home. This may especially be important if there are other homes nearby for sale. A neat and clean lawn with coordinated color can attract the visual attention of potential home buyers.

Water Fountain and Stone-Lined Landscaping Beds

Situate water fountain next to a garden patio so the sounds of the water can be heard while relaxing in the cool of the day. A stone wall and beautiful folliage surrounding the fountain would add eye-candy as well.

Shape Unsightly or Overgrown Trees and Shrubs

It's always a good idea to beef up pruning chores because nothing says neglect like a bunch of dead tree and bush branches. You want to convey the feeling that not only your house but your lawn and/or garden has been properly maintained.

Repair Faucet Leaks

Leaking faucets convey the notion there may be other problems elsewhere in the plumbing and this can scare away prospective home buyers.

Power-Wash Dirty Surfaces

Consider buying or renting a power washer to clean surfaces. With a little time and effort, you can make grimy surfaces look new again. Power washers are also great for cleaning fences, as well as brick and vinyl siding. See Pressure Washing/Cleaning Services.

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