Selling your home is one of the most stressful things you may ever do. Figuring out how to market your home to a potential buyer can be tricky, but nearly all realtors agree that one of the most helpful things you can do to increase the selling price and attract a buyer quickly is focus on landscaping. Several different studies have been conducted by leading consumer groups, and all of them have concluded that landscaping is one of very few improvements that can actually raise appraisals on homes above what the improvement costs.
The important thing to realize is that a high-end professional landscape job isn’t necessary. Simply planting some flowers, bushes, and trees can improve the curb appeal of a house and entice potential buyers to look inside. To improve your home’s curb appeal, start by taking a look at the home from the street. Remove any dead or dying plants, and trim back the existing bushes and trees. After this, look for any bare spots and areas that need to be hidden. Use tall trees to disguise electrical lines or other tall obstructions. Use low-lying bushes to cover bare spots on or near the ground.
Of course, any landscape improvements need to be done as cheaply as possible in order to maximize your return on the investment. Check out the plants at your local wholesale nursery. A wholesale tree nursery often has the best prices on plants such as bushes and trees. Unlike national chains, these places are often able to order any type of plant you want. Then, they are able to deliver the trees and shrubs, and in many cases they can lay them out and even put them into the ground around your house.
If you’re unsure of what to buy or where to place them, the staff at your local nursery will be able to help you make some decisions. The staff can offer suggestions as to what plants would look best but still stay within your budget. They can also make suggestions as to where to place plants and trees. By working with them, it is possible to get the maximum return out of your landscape investment.