You look out the window of your dusty car and see an oasis of lush green grass complimented by trimmed bushes and bright flowers. Stepping out of your car, you immediately kick off your shoes and revel in the soft grass under your feet. This is it; this is the home you’ve been looking for all your life.
First impressions are the biggest factor when it comes to selling your home. With a home, that first impression is made the moment it comes into sight. The way the house appears from the exterior can either make or break the deal when selling your home, so the importance of a nice lawn should never be underestimated.
It doesn’t have to take a lot of work to make a lawn look good and it can dramatically increase the value and marketability of your home. Water the lawn regularly and keep it trimmed to about 2-3 inches long, pull or poison any weeds you see and you will have a nice, marketable lawn. Adding some beautiful flowers or nice-looking bushes can also add a lot of curb appeal, as can a good-looking tree.
Don’t forget to trim back the ragged edges that hang over the concrete. You can use a weed-eater to help trim these up, or you can use a trimming tool. You might also look into using a combination weed killer and fertilizer to help with the overall appearance of the yard. Make sure to follow the directions carefully, too much can chemically burn the grass and turn it brown.
If you’re ready to start showing the home, make sure most of your personal touches have been removed. Garden gnomes, pink flamingos, wind funnels – all of these may add delightful touches to a place you live in, but may also overwhelm any potential buyers. Let them see the lawn as it would be when they move in; give them a chance to imagine what they can do with it.
Try to make the home as inviting as possible by paying attention to your lawn; it’s an easy thing to forget about that can cost you the most when selling your home. The higher value your potential buyer perceives the house to be, the more you’ll get for it. Keeping the grass green, trim, and lush can make the difference between selling your home and having it sit on the market.