Your home’s landscaping plays a significant role in its overall curb appeal. As a result, potential home buyers are paying close attention to this when viewing your home and deciding whether to make an offer. Here are a few common landscaping mistakes to avoid when putting your home on the market.
1. No Landscaping at All
Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make when selling your home is having no landscaping whatsoever. Most buyers prefer some type of landscaping, so if your home has none, they’ll need to be willing to tackle this project themselves, which may not be ideal.
2. Planting Invasive and Destructive Plants
It’s important to have some landscaping, but you also need to make sure you’re planting the right things. Some plants and trees can become invasive and extremely difficult to manage, which isn’t what you want when purchasing a new home.
3. Landscaping that is Too Close to the Home
Another common mistake is planting landscaping too close to your home. It’s important to remember that trees and plants will often get larger over time. Trees too close to your home or bushes that are encroaching on your fence row will likely cause issues later on and obstruct your home’s view.
4. Poorly Kept Landscaping
Landscaping requires maintenance, and if your landscaping is looking a little rough, this will decrease your home’s curb appeal. It may also indicate that the trees and plants you have around your home are difficult or time consuming to maintain.
5. Poor Planning
It’s important to have a plan in place before you start planting things. Be sure to plan out and design the look you want to achieve ahead of time. You may even want to consult with a professional for help in the planning phase so you can ensure your yard looks put together at the end and that you’re putting plants in a location that will suit their needs.
6. Discolored Concrete
Your home’s patio and driveway areas are also big focal points of your home. If they’re looking a bit dingy, this will negatively impact your curb appeal. Be sure to power wash them regularly to avoid that grungy look.
The exterior of your home is perhaps even more important than the interior. Keep these mistakes in mind and be sure to avoid them when you begin the process of listing it for sale.