5 inexpensive landscape ideas to boost the value of your home

If you’ve been preparing to sell your home, you’ve probably heard it a thousand times: don’t underestimate the power of first impressions! From the moment a potential buyer pulls up to your home, they are forming a judgment that may very well affect their decision to buy.

Even if you have meticulously staged your home and remodeled it with popular upgrades, you still need to lay out the proverbial red carpet. What is that red carpet? It’s the landscape of your yard. These five landscaping tips will maximize the market value of your home.

  1. Treat your lawn like it’s the most important part of your home. A well-kept lawn is a signal that the home has been taken care of. Conversely, weeds and dead spots can be a red flag to buyers. Make sure there are no toys, branches or yard tools left out.
  1. Add fresh mulch. One of the most effective and inexpensive ways to make an impression in your yard is to lay fresh mulch in the flowerbeds or around the house. This makes your lawn and your landscaping pop and adds fresh life to your home.
  2. Install lights and lampposts. Whether you put in a series of path lights along your sidewalk or a larger yard lamp, these fixtures bring an inviting presence to your yard and help direct the eye to the home.
  3. Plant hedges at the edge of the yard. If you don’t have many trees or other landscape features in your yard, consider putting in a few hedges along the periphery. Like a fence, these can help your yard feel more contained and provide a sense of space and privacy.
  1. Bring on the color. Finally, to really make your yard look memorable, it needs to stand out, and there’s no better way of doing that than with color. One way is to plant a few flats of annuals around the entrance to your home; another is to paint your door red. The goal is to add some highlights to the beautiful lawn, which will make people take notice.

For more advice on selling your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. Along with knowing plenty of tips and secrets, they know the Cedar Rapids market and can help you get top dollar for your home.

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