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Landscape Staging Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Landscape Staging Tips to Increase Curb Appeal

The outside of your home is the very first thing potential home buyers will see. It’s all about  curb appeal–an important selling point. Potential buyers will not only walk onto your property the day of the showing, but may drive by several times prior to get a feeling for the neighborhood.

Often a home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, in the preparation for the sales process. Attractive, well-maintained landscapes can add as much as 10 percent to the value of your home.

Ideally, the time to get started cleaning up your yard is about a month before you plan on showing your house. That should give you enough time to get everything looking just right and not leave the impression that you simply waited until the last minute to put things in order. Follow these tips for sprucing up your yard to help your home sell quickly.

Spruce up outdoor planters, pots and urns

Make your home inviting and exciting. A pop of color on each side of the door will give buyers a nice warm feeling. Container plants, especially large tropicals, add considerable interest to patios and doorways where would-be buyers enter and exit the house. Such displays also demonstrate the endless possibilities for designing with container plants.

Touch up the mulch

Nothing spruces up a place like a fresh application of mulch, so apply a layer in all your garden beds. The color enhances the contrast of the surrounding plants and makes everything pop. What’s more, mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply.

Plant some instant color

Consider lining walkways with smaller plants to create some excitement. Seasonal color makes the landscape pop as well, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. Go for a splash of several colors or a more monochromatic scheme, whatever fits in with the look of your home.

Shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs

Regardless of the season, it’s a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores because nothing says neglect like a bunch of dead branches. The idea is to show how well not only your house but your garden has been maintained. It’s okay to prune deciduous trees and shrubs any time of the year. If any of your trees & shrubs are beyond repair, just remove and replace.

Tend to perennial beds

Tidy up herbaceous plants, such as annuals and perennials, that don’t look as good as they should. If a plant is in such bad shape that it needs to be removed, either replace it or place a decorative pot in its place. Now is also a good time to dig up any plants that you want to take with you to your new home.

Clean up water features

Get rid of any visible algae, remove leaves and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear. After all, a water feature that doesn’t look good or function properly can be an instant turnoff.

Freshen up the lawn

You’ll want to get started on lawn restorations well in advance. Make sure the lawn is well groomed and watered. If you’re planning on selling in the Fall, stay on top of the raking. Add fresh seed to fill in bare areas of the lawn, and get on your hands and knees to pull out those pesky weeds.

If you’ve got time up your sleeve and quite a bit of damage, speak to a lawn care professional about assessing your lawn. But if it’s too far gone and weather permits, consider re-sodding; either way you go, a small investment will go a long way in increasing your value.

Take care of any irrigation issues

If there are any problems with an irrigation system, fix them. Irrigation system repairs can be expensive, and you don’t want to lay the cost of those repairs on the buyer. Provide information about your irrigation schedule, especially if you have an automatic system. Include instructions as to how the system operates and recommend the same watering schedule that’s worked for you.


If you receive sufficient notice that your home is about to be shown, water a half-hour or so before the appointed time. The water reduces the glare of paved surfaces and also sends the message that your plants are well-maintained. You might even consider running your irrigation system just to show that it’s working properly.

Power-wash dirty surfaces

Power wash to clean all hard surfaces, i.e. patios, walkways and decks. With very little time or effort, you can make grungy, grimy surfaces look brand new. Power washers also do a great job of cleaning fences, as well as brick and vinyl siding.