If you plan on selling your home any time soon, it is fair to say
that first impressions count for a lot when it comes to impressing
potential buyers. When you consider that the first thing buyers will see
when they roll up at your home is the front yard, it makes sense that a
spot of landscaping in that area could pay huge dividends in making
your home appear more desirable.
Planning the best landscaping approach for your front
yard requires that you get into the minds of buyers. Ideally, you want a
front yard that looks attractive and welcoming, which will plant in
buyers’ minds the idea that this could be their future home. On the
other hand, a landscaped front yard that is too elaborate might have a
negative effect by making some buyers fearful of the amount of work
required to maintain it.
By the same token, if the purpose of a
landscaping project is merely to sell your home, there can surely be
little point in expending a lot of time, effort, and expense on an
over-complicated front yard. The strategy, rather, should be minimum
effort and expense for maximum gain.
One great way of making
your front yard appear more attractive without doing any major work is
to tidy up your lawn borders. If you pay attention to trimming back
areas where your lawn has started to grow into the flower beds, you can
do a lot to make your front yard appear considerably more orderly to the
casual eye. Remember that it is all about first impressions, and your
buyers will soon be moving on to viewing the interior of your home. The
trick is to convey the impression of tidiness and order, and lawn edge
trimming is certainly vital in this regard.
Once you have tidied
up your lawn borders, it pays to keep them looking that way, and the
easy way to achieve this is to sprinkle a layer of wood chips along the
edges of the lawn, which will be an effective deterrent to the growth of
When considering ways to maximize the impression of order and tidiness
in your front yard, another good tactic is to prune back shrubs that
have become too large and messy in appearance. However, you should
resist the urge to go at shrubs too eagerly, especially if you have
buyers scheduled to visit in the near future. Shrubs that have been
pruned over-zealously will make it much too obvious that gardening work
has been conducted recently in a sly bid to make a good impression.
In such cases where you have plants and shrubs growing near your house,
especially near windows, you should be at pains to carry out pruning.
This is particularly important where plant growth may be restricting
light from reaching the interior of the house. Few house buyers are
likely to be enamored of homes where rooms seem dark and dank.
There are lots of ways to improve the look of your front yard. For some
people, it may be a simple case of tidying, but other home owners may
need to carry out more drastic works if their yards are currently in a
poor state. Although landscaping work can be expensive, the ultimate
goal of selling your home may in some cases dictate that you bite the
bullet and engage the services of a professional landscape designer in
order to effect major improvements to your front yard.