Ground Rules: Landscaping Tips to Help Sell Your Home


You’ve ripped up carpet, painted rooms, added a soaker tub, installed new cabinets, and staged – so why didn’t that couple make an offer? 

Unfortunately, that might not be enough, and it could have something to do with the fact that outside your home is covered in daylilies and crabgrass. Top that off with a few overgrown hedges and some neglected mulch beds and you have a big problem. 

The truth is, landscaping your property is essential to selling it for maximum value. 

Here’s a way to look at it. When you walk into a hotel, you might not ever recall the trees outside or the flowers planted around the property. You simply see a put-together space that welcomes you in. 

Things don’t have to be magnificent, they just have to be well kept. But when landscaping is not done properly or maintained it can make a place look downright shabby.

Ideally, the time to get started cleaning up your yard is about a month before you plan on putting your house on the market. 

Here are 3 quick landscaping tips…

#1 Check The Trees

Tree limbs that have overgrown may pose a structural threat to your home, and also might interrupt the view from the road and interfere with curb appeal. Plus, a note to keep in mind is to remove any dead trees on the property for safety reasons.

#2 Mulch The Beds

You should also make sure that mulched beds look clean and tidy and support a variety of growing environments for many plants. Another one of my best tips is that good mulch also keeps weeds away. When mulching, choose a black or red variety for maximum contrast against your flowers and foliage.

#3 Trim The Hedges

Lastly, make sure that your hedges look orderly, and weed the property so it doesn’t look neglected. Varieties like boxwoods and holly need a trim about twice a year.

In my experience, landscaping is one of the best ways that sellers can update their curb appeal. It’s also something most people can do themselves! 

Updating your home’s landscaping increases the value of your home, and helps sell it quicker- which we know is important. 

Even if you just spend a Saturday afternoon doing yard work, it can make a world of difference in how your home shows. Or if you’d like to hire someone, [here are some recommendations / I just did a blog post on the best landscapers in [city name]].

If you’re thinking about making a move (or know someone who is), I can help! Just reply back to this email or send me a text. No pressure, no sales tactics, just helpful advice and the guidance you need!

And finally, if you’re not thinking about making a move just yet, feel free to save this email for future reference, so you can come back to it! 

P.S. Be sure to check out my free local Facebook Group, Explore NY Life. It’s a great place to connect with other community members and get weekly updates on the best events and happenings in and around town!

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Nina Rodriguez

I'm Nina Rodriguez. I am a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Realty. I live and work in the Hudson Valley and love everything this area has to offer. If you live or thinking about moving here, you have come to the right place! Stay up to date on Events, Outdoors, Real Estate, and more. I’m looking forward to connecting with you soon! See you around town! | 914.685.8222

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