6 Easy Ways to Make Your Yard Sparkle & Open House Ready

Would you like to move this spring?

Is your yard ready for potential buyers?

Curb appeal has never been more important. It is the first thing that potential buyers see and your home’s first impression. Research indicates that investing into the outside of your home gives you the most return on your investment.

In the article we published last year, Help With Remodeling and Renovating Your Home, we shared about how you can get the most return on your investment when you put effort into the curb appeal of your home.

Remodeling Magazine published a report last year that showed us the four areas in your home that get the highest return on investment are all on the outside. This may feel contrary to what we think. However, when we realize that first impressions are crucial - the curb appeal investment starts to make sense.

Today, we would like to share 6 ways to get your yard ready for your spring open house and maximize your home’s curb appeal. 

  1. Backyard Clean Up
    One of the biggest things that you can do to impress those potential buyers is simply cleaning up your yard. With snow on the ground, it might be hard to notice the tricycle or the old broken lawnmower today, but as soon as the snow melts those items will become eye sores.

     
  2. Fresh Coat of Paint
    Add a fresh coat of paint to your:
    • Front Door
    • Mailbox
    • Any Other Spot Where Paint is Peeling

    Painting these areas will add an inviting fresh appeal when potential home buyers first see your home.
     
  3. Spruce up Perennial Beds
    If you have a lot of landscaping, that can work in your favor as long as it is cleaned up. Overgrown perennial beds may deter potential home buyers. Head outside and start weeding. Spruce up your shrubs by pruning and shaping them. You may like to consider adding a new fresh layer of mulch to give it that added touch.

     
  4. Take Care of Your Lawn
    As soon as that snow is gone, start taking care of your lawn. Make sure to water your lawn regularly, and don’t forget to continue cutting the grass while you are trying to sell your home.

     
  5. Garden
    If you have a vegetable garden, make it your mission to keep it in tip-top shape while your home is on the market.

    If you want to garden while your home is on the market, a great solution for that is to build a raised garden bed. These are a great way to grow vegetables and it can move with you.

     
  6. Take a Step Back
    Take a step back and look at your home, what do you see? Try and imagine what a person who has never seen your home will see. Take notice of things like your mailbox or the address numbers on your house and make sure they are in great shape.

Summary

When it comes to great curb appeal, a little goes a long way. Once the snow clears, take a Saturday and follow these tips and soon your home will be ready for an open house.

What Do You Think?

If you have looked at potential homes to purchase, what was the first thing you noticed?

If you have any questions or when you are ready to put your house on the market, we would be honored to help. Please call our office at:

248-348-7200