March 26, 2013

How Your Lawn Can Sell Your House

How your house looks from the street can tell a lot to prospective buyers. This is where they make that all crucial first impression. Scott Ride from Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products, says: “If you are selling your house, the curb appeal should be a priority. A large percentage of home buyers decided whether or not to look inside a house based on what it looks like from the outside. Proper maintenance and investing in the right tools will ensure your house and lawn look great at first glance.” Here are some tips to ensure your lawn is in top shape to sell your house.

Clean up, blow away and rake

Start the spring-cleaning when the snow has melted and the soil has dried up a bit. Remove layers of leaves that can lead to the grass molding or decaying. Use a leaf blower or a rake. Don’t rake the lawn until it has started to grow.

Act like a buyer

Walk around your entire home's exterior with a critical eye. Take notes on what needs repairing, replacing or cleaning.

Add colour

Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colourful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch; this will give a rich feel to the yard. Potted plants are another way to add a splash of colour and can be taken with you when you move.

Mow the lawn

Remember not to cut the grass too short. With a grass level of 5-9 cm you will have a fine, sustainable lawn.

Trim the hedges

The way to get a good-looking hedge always starts with the hedge cutters. Today, hedge trimming can be smooth and easy. Trimmers that are ergonomically balanced and lighter in weight are the perfect addition to any tool shed.

Clear away weeds

Get rid of any weeds as early as possible. Also be sure to cut away withered leaves and grass from cultivated parts of the garden bed.

Trim the lawn

If you want your lawn to look really great, don’t forget to trim the edges.

Install outdoor lighting

Landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. It isn’t unusual for potential buyers to drive by homes in the evening and lighting can provide an attractive view of your house at night.