Yard Staging Tips

October 17, 2009 | 340 Comments



Staging your home’s interior is just as important as the home’s exterior when trying to impress potential buyers. Although many sellers hope that a little color will bring an offer, plants can actually hurt a home’s curb appeal as they can help it. Trees planted too close to a house can mask the home’s best features and stray flowers and weeds can detract from the yard’s potential. The following are a few tips for staging your yard for sale:

  • Kill weeds-Find a high quality weed killer to kill growth before it starts. Set your mower high (about 3 inches) to reduce stress on the grass and cut down on the need for water.
  • Trim overgrowth-Prune branches that touch the house, cover a window or block a path. To reduce mold growth, keep plant material at least a foot away from siding.
  • Splurge on mulch-The new mulches may cost a bit more, but it’s definitely worth it. Mulch with a fine texture has great visual appeal.
  • Edge flowerbeds-There’s no easier way to make a yard look neat and groomed.
  • Power wash everything-cobwebs, mold and dirt accumulate on decks, patios, fences, trellises, eaves, windows and siding over the winter, but can be blasted away in one day with a pressure washer.
  • Plant annuals-Place low-care annuals like impatiens, petunias and geraniums in beds. Potted flowers and hanging baskets can brighten dull spots in the yard, draw attention to features you want to emphasize and you can take them with you when you move.
  • Plant a garden-A small raised bed with decorative veggies can make your yard serve a useful purpose. It may even create the suggestion of a new gardening hobby for a potential seller.

Source: www.realestate.msn.com


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