It’s a truth you can’t deny, a sad certainty — you lack a proverbial green thumb. All attempts at gardening have failed; all flowers have wilted. Your front yard has become a tribute to parched grass and sagging leaves, the persistent burrowing of weeds. You can’t maintain it and so… you don’t even try. A lawn is cut but nothing more. You don’t have the time (or the patience) to provide it with the attention you’re certain it deserves. You instead allow it to simply remain dull. There can be no harm in that, you’re sure. It is, after all, only a yard.
It’s far more than that, however — it’s instead the first impression your home will make; and would-be buyers will assume that the carelessness of the outside will reflect the appearance of the inside.
An easy mistake for first time sellers to make is to ignore the notion of curb appeal. All efforts are given instead to walls, floors and decor. While this is understandable, it proves itself to be ultimately damaging: buyers expect homes to offer total efficiency; and a poorly kept yard suggests that this is impossible.
It’s important then to redefine your home — remove all weeds, leaves and limbs; use brick pavers to frame the house, creating designated gardening areas (even if you simply fill these with decorative rocks); trim all corners; cut hedges down to reasonable sizes; and place potted plants around the space to add color and suggest the potential of landscaping.
The intention is not to overwhelm buyers with flowers. It’s instead to offer them a bright (and clean) impression. They will be more willing to enter a home when it appears to be well cared for.
Don’t refuse the notion of curb appeal. Choose instead to provide individuals with a yard that will please. The steps are easy but the reward will be great.