Landscaping DON'TS When Selling a Home

The first impressions potential home buyers get of your home can determine whether or not they are interested enough to want to see more. Your home's exterior can be the reason a buyer moves forward with requesting a walk-through or the reason they run screaming in the opposite direction. Last week, eXp Realty talked about some landscaping DO's when selling a home. This week we're sharing with you some landscaping DON'Ts to avoid when selling your home.

DON'T Plant Non-Native Plants
A beautiful landscape is not complete without some beautiful plants. Err on the side of caution and low-maintenance by planting perennials native to the region. Buyers may be turned off by the idea of having to put a lot of work into maintaining the lawn. And while they may be pretty to look at, non-native plants will be just that: high maintenance. Instead opt for some low-maintenance hardy native plants that require little attention.

DON'T Leave Toys and Lawn Equipment Laying Around
Your lawn is likely the favorite place for you and your family to hang out. But remember, when you're trying to sell your home, the exterior of your home is the potential buyer's first impression. Make sure to keep your lawn picked up and presentable when you're not enjoying it. Pick up any toys the kids may have left out. Put away any lawn maintenance equipment after use. Put everything back in order so it's show ready at any given moment.

DON'T Forget to Clean Up After Your Dogs
The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to show up to your home, want to walk the perimeter of your yard and have to watch their every step to avoid piles of your dog's droppings. Their attention will be deterred from what should be their main focus, and it could raise questions about your housekeeping and attention to detail.

DON'T Forget to Inspect the Roof
While it's technically not part of your 'landscaping', it is still part of the overall first impression of your home. It may not be the first thing you think to look at when you're thinking of all that a buyer might be looking at, but you can bet that a serious buyer will have eyes to the sky when it comes to checking out your home. Be sure when they do look at your roof, no red flags are thrown.

By avoiding these landscaping DON'Ts, you'll have a better chance of creating a great first impression for potential buyers. If you can catch their attention based on the exterior of the home, you'll be more likely to get them through the door. Once they've seen your exquisite home, you're a step closer to receiving an offer and selling your home. For more home selling tips or real estate assistance, contact the best real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks! eXp Realty has the experience and knowledge you need to get your home sold!

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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