First Impressions | Landscaping Tips Before You List

July 20, 2018 / Selling

Check out this beautifully groomed lawn! Available for sale | 7 Old Salt Ln, York


It’s amazing what a well-maintained, picturesque landscape can do to enhance first impressions for potential buyers. Whether you’re starting from scratch or working to maintain existing landscaping, there are simple steps you can take prior to listing your home to prevent your lawn from looking lackluster.


Give Your Grass Some TLC
Rather than simply wishing for rain, set up a sprinkler to go on and off in the morning a few days a week to ensure your lawn doesn’t get too dry and brown. Consider installing an irrigation system if you own a large amount of land around your home.  While this may seem like a frivolous expense, buyers will be enticed by the ease of maintaining the lawn. If your lawn is looking a bit bare, just fill in empty patches with some seeds and natural fertilizer.


Decorate with Large Planters
An easy way to add color without the fuss of installing a whole new garden is to utilize large planters. Pick a variety of planter styles that accent your home and fill them with flowers, tall grasses, and some small coniferous plants to retain some color in the cold season.


Trim Down Existing Bushes and Hedges
You don’t have to sculpt your hedges into works of art, but a little maintenance can make a big difference. Just snip off anything that looks dead or overgrown – and be sure to pick up your clippings afterwards!


Remove Lingering Leaves
In the Northeast, we get the fortune of enjoying a beautiful autumn season, but with that comes a seemingly everlasting supply of fallen foliage. As much as we try to keep up with it, it’s easy to overlook the leftover leaves hiding between our bushes or abutting our front porch. Clearing these spaces can give your yard a cleaner, less-cluttered appearance, and allow for healthier regrowth of foliage and greenery in the spring.


Freshen Up Old Mulch
Over time, your vibrant mulch can dry up and lose its coloring. Ideally, you’ll want to remove the old mulch if it’s been there for a long time (7-10 years) to avoid rotting. If it’s not too old, you can just add a thin fresh layer of the same type. Hint: This is also a great time to pull up any weeds that may be peeking through!


These small touches should get you on track to a great looking landscape that will be photo-ready in no time!