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Home Selling Tips: Landscaping Your Way to Great Curb Appeal

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Curb Appeal in a Buyer's Market

If you're thinking of selling your home, keep this in mind: it's a buyer's market, and there are more choices than ever. First impressions are always important, but today they are more important than ever. Your home's curb appeal is its first impression, and even things like lawn care have taken on a new importance.

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  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Landscaping Your Way to a Successful Sale

Mastering the landscaping basics can help you increase your home's curb appeal. Here is a list of easy and simple tips that can help you improve your home's curb appeal before you put it on the market.

  • Get your lawn healthy. Lawn care is a great first step for good curb appeal. Use fertilizer, weed killer, and good edging techniques to get your lawn healthy, green and lush.
  • Choose rich, contrasting plants. The plants around your lawn can make it look much better, and make your home's appearance more complete. Contrast offers a great look, too--choose light mulch for rich, dark plants, and vice versa.
  • Go for foliage color, not flower color. Colored flowers can add a lot of style to a landscape, but they typically don't last as long as most foliage. Rich, dark-colored foliage does a lot to compliment a house and can help make your curb appeal more sustainable.
  • Give your yard a "clean shave." Men usually don't go to a job interview without shaving, right? Treat your lawn and yard the same way. Mow, trim, edge, and clip your lawn, plants, and trees to an appropriate, fresh-cut level before showing your home.
  • Don't overdo it. You know those homes with huge, immaculate landscaping? Beautiful, right? And high-maintenance. Overdoing your yard and adding too many elements only means your home's future owners may have a lot to maintain. Keep landscaping and gardening simple in order to make your home's appearance inviting, not intimidating.

Your home's landscaping is a huge part of its curb appeal, so don't take it lightly.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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