Landscaping Do's When Selling a Home

One of the first impressions potential home buyers get of your home is the exterior of your home. Often times, after a potential buyer views your home online, they'll do a drive-by to see if the pictures do it justice. 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. This week, eXp Realty is covering some landscaping DO's when selling a home.

DO Maintain Your Lawn Regularly
Grass to your knees is going to be an immediate turn off for buyers. Keep your lawn looking crisp and clean by mowing and weed eating regularly. Keep trees pruned and bushes trimmed. Address any brown spots in your lawn and remove any excess foliage that may be overgrowing in your flower beds. A well-maintained lawn portrays a well-maintained home!

DO Power Wash Your Home's Exterior, Sidewalks, and Patios
You'd be surprised by how much grit and grime can accumulate on your home's siding and sidewalks. You may not even notice it because you're so accustomed to looking at your home as it is. But you can bet that a potential buyer will see all that buildup. That unsightly buildup can give buyers the impression of a poorly maintained home, even if that's not the case. Make sure everything shines and sparkles inside and out by power washing the siding, sidewalks, driveways and patios to remove any algae, dirt, grime and mildew.

DO Check Your Outdoor Faucets, Drains, and Gutters
A full gutter or leaky outdoor faucet can be a red flag to buyers of bigger problems. Be sure to keep your gutters and drains clear of debris and address any leaky faucets. Not only will this save you the hassle of scaring away buyers, but it'll also prevent any future damages from happening to your home.

DO Stage an Inviting Outdoor Living Area
Show off your landscaping's full potential by staging a beautiful and inviting outdoor living area. This will give buyers some great ideas of how they can use and enjoy the lawn your home has to offer. A great outdoor living area is a fantastic selling point!

By making sure these landscaping DO's are done, you'll have a better chance of providing a promising first impression to 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 getting your home sold!

Next week, we'll cover some landscaping DON'Ts when selling a home. Stay tuned and be sure to check back in to see what you shouldn't do to your landscaping. 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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