Yard and Garden: Home Shows

By: Calum MacKenzie

Alright, let's face facts. Homes get sold on first impressions. Well maybe not sold, but the first impression goes a long way to making up the minds of buyers. So what is the average buyer's first impression formed on? The home's exterior. So it stands to reason that the yard and gardens will play a huge role in helping to form a buyer's first impression of the home. So how can you best showcase these areas to buyers? Well if you are the do it yourself kind of person then you likely already know what to do but if not then there are always professionals who will be more than happy to help, for a modest fee.

A home's exterior is extremely important when selling. This is the image that most people will have to go on when deciding whether or not to come and explore the home further.

The first step that one should take is cleaning up the yard. Once it's clean you should be able to get a clearer picture of exactly what needs to be done. Typically if a home is more than 10 years old then it might be a good idea to start with a new coat of paint. This forms a great visual basis for the home as new paint will be recognized by buyers immediately. From that base it is easy to continue with small upgrades to the home itself that buyers will appreciate like new gutters or a re paved driveway. Every last visual aspect of the home should be in ideal condition before the home is listed.

Yards are the next thing they any seller would want to tackle. After the initial cleanup take a critical look at the yard and try to identify what needs to be improved. Cleanliness and order are the most important factors here so get that lawn mowed and trimmed and then set about the other aspects that need improving. New fences are always an attractive selling point or if the fences are in good condition then a simple refinishing can be a great visual upgrade. When thinking about gardens try to pick plants that compliment the home and the colors. Having flowers that clash with the home does not really benefit the sale. You can always find a professional landscaper that will be able to spruce up the yard quite nicely. Take your time and don't rush these things as time equals outcome.

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