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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 and increase home value.
- Touch up outdoor containers – Container plants, especially large tropical plants, add considerable interest to patios and doorways where would-be buyers enter and exit the house.
- Touch up the mulch – Nothing spruces up a place like a new application of mulch, so apply a fresh 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 – 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.
Clean up water features.
- Ponds – Get rid of any visible algae, remove leaves and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear. Dirty water or a swampy appearance is not a good impression to make.
- Resolve irrigation issues – If there are any problems with an irrigation system, correct them ASAP. 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
- Repair faucet leaks – A leaking faucet suggests that there may be other problems elsewhere in the plumbing, and that can be an instant turn-off to buyers.