First Impressions & Curb Appeal

When it’s time to sell your home, your financial success may just hinge on more than whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market, but realizing that the first impressions you can create have a direct impact on your home’s curb appeal, and ultimately, its selling price. Good landscaping will definitely improve your curb appeal, but you don't want to over-invest in a house you're about to sell.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re trying to increase your home’s curb appeal, so you can increase its selling price:

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Don't cut down trees

Mature trees have been typically appraised at anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000! That’s a real asset! Buyers will always pay more for shade.

Add plants if there’s time

Professionals generally agree that landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 per cent at selling time. If you have a long lead selling time, then professionally landscape your property. If you have a shorter lead time, then pay attention to these tips:

  • Rake the lawn to remove any overwintering dead leaves or dead grass stems. It will instantly make the remaining foliage look brighter and more appealing.
  • Shrubs – remove any dead branches first thing in spring.
  • Put a thin layer of new mulch around all shrubs to freshen up the look. Use a natural colour, not coloured mulches.
  • Diligently remove weeds. A single weed can reduce the impact you're trying to create. Weeds say "neglect."
  • Avoid hanging baskets unless you can really grow them. By July they tend to look weather beaten.
  • Driveway / Patios / Decks – clean them within an inch of their lives.
  • Perennials – deadhead, deadhead, deadhead. Keep those perennial plants trimmed up and neat.
  • Bulbs – cut them to the ground as soon as possible and plant annuals over top of them.
  • Water gardens – clean out, get the pumps working immediately and toss as many clumps of oxygenators into the pond as needed to get rid of the spring algae bloom and get the water clear.

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The WOW Factor

Inexpensive steps that will put dollars in your pocket at selling time!

  • Edge all flower beds and lawns at driveway and entrances. Remove all weeds from between pavers.
  • Overseed the lawn with perennial rye grass at 2-5 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Do not skimp – a healthy lawn is the first thing a prospective buyer sees.
  • If you have a dark corner or a huge overgrown shrub, plant bright plants underneath it to divert attention. Shade-loving hostas with bright gold (Gold Standard) or silver variegation (Patriot) will actually “light up” a dark corner or the darkness below an overgrown shrub.
  • Large well-tended container gardens make a great impression, but they have to be in greenhouse condition to add value. The bigger the better. If you need to “enhance” some planters that look shabby, pick up some perennials with bright coloured leaves in 5.5” square pots….Heuchera, Hosta, Brunnera, Lorraine’s Sunshine Heliopsis will instantly fill a dull looking container.
  • Annual plants:
    1. Fill all available bare spaces and plant heavily. If the tag says plant 12 inches apart, then plant eight to 10 inches apart to fill the area quickly.
    2. Feed and water them all summer so they're always looking big, bushy and flowering.
    3. Pick colours that are fashionable to attract buyers.

Happy Gardening!

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Guest post by Jan - Bylands Account Representative

I’m very proud of my 4 children.  All 4 of them, worked many summers in the garden centre, they love plants and gardening too – but opted for totally different careers.  Jan loves living in Winnipeg and adds extensive plant knowledge to our team at Bylands.  You can sometimes find Jan as a guest on ‘The Gardener’, a radio program in Winnipeg on Sundays. 

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