Landscape Smartly to Attract Buyers

Posted by on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 11:20am.

Landscaped Atlanta HomeIf you want to attract buyers, one of the first things you must do is present them with a beautiful yard. After all, your yard is the first thing your buyers will see when they drive past your home or when they pull up for a closer look.

We all want to make our homes look warm and inviting to potential buyers, and one of the quickest ways is to improve the look of our landscaping. However, at the same time, we want to show them that the landscaping is also eco-friendly and easy to maintain.

If you are interested in selling your home and your landscape needs a little TLC, here are some tips to help you get started:

1.     Before planting, consider whether your landscape would benefit from an irrigation system. Because irrigation systems will disrupt the landscaped beds when installed, it is best to decide whether to install irrigation before you begin planting. If water conservation is an issue, consider installing drip irrigation around your plants and flowers; this type of watering saves water while deeply watering all of your plants, shrubs and flowers.

2.     If your beds are poorly defined, take the time to edge them out in soft curves. This will make your landscape appear more natural and will give your home the great curb appeal you are seeking.

3.     Talk to a professional horticulturist to decide which plants and shrubs will be best in your yard. In particular, you may want to choose native, hardy plants and shrubs that will withstand the weather in your area and will be more resistance to disease. In addition, native plants and shrubs will demand much less water than other plants that are not native to the area.

4.     Add a thick layer of mulch to your landscaped beds to retain water and soil moisture and to add a finished, attractive touch to your landscape.

5.     Consider adding landscape lighting for a dramatic nighttime effect. Research your options regarding landscaping lighting, as many solar lighting systems and LED lighting systems will use very little (or no) power, thereby remaining eco-friendly.

6.     Consider adding a small water feature for a Zen experience. Added touches such as small ponds or fountains in a landscape are sure to attract the attention of your buyers and really highlight your landscape.

Of course, your existing landscaping can be upgraded simply with a bit of TLC. Make sure to take the time to neatly prune and trim any existing plants and shrubs to finish off your landscaped yard.

20 Responses to "Landscape Smartly to Attract Buyers"

Mark Brian wrote: Excellent article! You only get one chance to make a first impression. Often the buyer's mind is made up before they even get inside the home. Why give a potential buyer a reason to say no?

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 2:04pm.

Cameron(House Sale) wrote: Other than the site of the house, landscaping is also the best way to impress the buyers. Many buyers wants a home that has a view that can relax them.

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 12:24pm.

Fleurette Elliott wrote: I love the idea of the lighting - had great results. Showed a property late in the evening, the clients felt it would be great for entertaining, since both enjoyed the outdoors.

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 12:24pm.

Shawn Jasper wrote: The vision of landscapes just soothes the eye and the mind. It can be a great way of relaxing and takes away stress after a full days work.

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 3:15pm.

Bob wrote: Great article. If you think about it, landscaping goes right along with first impressions. A well manicured lawn can really make a great first impression to a potential buyer.

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 3:15pm.

Joe McDermott wrote: Also you might want to add...for those homeowners involved in a short, or distressed, sale, keep the sprinklers on! You want to give yourself a chance to get the home sold. Don't hamper your agents efforts by allowing the landscaping to die off or grow out of control just because you think buyers will understand "because they're getting a deal on the house." No they are not. They're paying top dollar in todays market and your neighbors will thank you.
-Joe

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 11:18am.

Dan Statlander wrote: I enjoyed reading this post.I myself get flattered if there is beautiful landscaping around.

Dan Statlander
http://www.statelandbrown.com
(Real estate experts in Boca Raton Florida)

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 11:18am.

Chris Adams wrote: Don't forget about your local climate. A lot of plants, shrubs, and trees simply won't grow in Arizona for instance.

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 9:26am.

bob lilley wrote: I love the article about landscaping! Too many Realtors forget that landscaping is one of the biggest parts of "curb appeal".

Poor landscaping means the new buyer has an instand "second job" and no free Saturdays for a while!

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 3:47pm.

James Foxx wrote: Landscape lighting and a water feature are great ways to make an outdoor setting pop. Great tips!

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 3:47pm.

Harry wrote: Loved the article! Landscaping is one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to make one home stand out from the others. I've seen it time and time again. I've had sellers tell me they don't want to spend the money and once I finally convinced them to spend a few hundred dollars, the offers came in! Gonna pass this one on to all my friends.

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 3:47pm.

Scott Douglas wrote: A nice and informative piece indeed. Aforesaid points are the best ways to transform your yard into an exotic garden.

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 8:52am.

Edina Realty Short Sale Agents wrote: The guide is perfect for agents and more effective if with a good agent too, glad you share this,

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 8:52am.

Scottsdale Short Sales wrote: Great Article. How long have you been in real estate?

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 8:52am.

miss feliss wrote: What a great article and great point. Way too many sellers overlook their exterior when putting their home on the market, I love Bob's comment about buyers having a "second job" when purchasing a home with bad landscaping. This concept is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves when staging and marketing a place.

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 8:52am.

Etienne Boulanger wrote: Incredible information I’m impressed with this post. Your blog is erudite. I must appreciate your concept. Excellent. If you really want to sell house fast, you need to be serious. It requires you to judge the reasons to sell house. In addition, make all the possible efforts to make your house show-ready. Furthermore, realistic pricing of home best attracts potential house buyers. We all want to make our homes look warm and inviting to potential buyers and one of the quickest ways is to improve the look of our landscaping. However, at the same time, we want to show them that the landscaping is also eco-friendly and easy to maintain. Quite interesting and informative. You blog is eye-catching. I get pleasure from it. Thanks for sharing this.

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 8:52am.

Kathy Mendham-Meathrel wrote: Curb Appeal is so important when selling your home. Sellers will spend hours getting the inside of their home ready for sale but often pay little attention to the outside of their place. It is not uncommon for a buyer to decide that they are going to skip visiting a home just based on curb appeal a lone.

A very helpful article.

Kathy Mendham - Meathrel Real Estate Agent
7-515 Wellington Road South
London ON N6C 4R3
Canada
(519) 649-6900

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 8:42pm.

Minneapolis Real Estate wrote: Great poat. Landscaping goes right along with first impressions, a well manicured lawn can really make a great first impression to a potential buyer.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:20am.

Bayut wrote: Agreed with what you have said and you have highlighted importance of landscaping in a very well manner. Usually landlords ignore such factors but such little things are really helpful in attracting potential buyers and get higher return out of your properties. Thanks for the great information and I will keep in mind your suggestions.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:20am.

Commercial Office Space Bohemia wrote: Great post! I like it. It is indeed the landscape that captures everyones' eyes. The house with a beautiful and green backyard is always everyones' dreamhouse. So in this case, there is a greater possibility to attract more buyers.

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 8:28am.

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