Create Curb Appeal for a Quick Home Sale

The warmer weather has finally melted the 46-plus inches of snow and is now exposing the matted-down grass, sand covered driveways, snowplow-mangled curbs and rusted garden decorations.

And if you’re trying to sell your home you may not have even considered the fact that your curb appeal could be driving prospective buyers away; and a touch of Miracle Grow and a pink-flowering bush may increase the chance of selling your home 100-fold.

In all seriousness, you probably need more than flowers to give your house that little extra pizazz to sell, but sprucing up your yard can make all the difference. After all, springtime is a sellers market.

Let’s start with grass –
You first need to start with a consistent effort to cut it – obvious, yes, but difficult for many. If all you have is a push mower and time is an issue, then get little Johnny down the street to do it for $20. Also, mow diagonally and edge the lawn along driveway and sidewalks – this shows you pay attention to small details. Early spring is also a great time to begin the first round of fertilization and to begin weed prevention.

Yard Debris –
Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. By cutting bushes and tree limbs and cleaning out all the soggy leaves you can showcase the exterior of your home.

Planting –
Though perennials are best planted in May through June, it’s never too early to start planning. When the ground is warm enough, start planning by removing large rocks, old roots and dead plant material from your garden. Then loosen the soil and add two to three inches of well-composted organic matter to get your beds ready for planting. Spring is also a great time to plant rose bushes, berry bushes or fruit trees so they can begin their spring growth.

Driveway and sidewalk repair –
Primarily, you want to start by repairing any cracks or uneven cement that may cause potential buyers to trip as they are coming in for your open house. But small potholes and numerous patchy repair jobs in your driveway won’t flatter the exterior of your home.

If need be, calling a landscaper to improve the appearance of your home is always an option. However, these are just a few easy tips you can do yourself. So grab your kids and some gardening gloves and get your yard in shape for a quick sale!

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