Youâ??re about to sell your home and you think youâ??ve covered all of the bases. Youâ??ve had the termite inspection completed. Youâ??ve updated the old appliances. You made sure to check the house for any damage because youâ??d rather find it yourself than have it pointed out by potential home buyers. You even went through and cleaned the home from top to bottom to make sure that it looked its best. You are ready to put it on the market. But wait a minute. You might have forgotten what could be the most important part of selling your home â?? the landscaping.

Potential buyers might not make it inside if the garden is messy

Yes, youâ??re selling the home itself, not the garden. But the home is sitting on a property and if that property doesnâ??t look perfect, youâ??re going to lose a lot of sales. Often, people will drive by a property before actually making an appointment to check out the inside. They want to get a feel for what the house looks like. If the landscaping turns them off, theyâ??ll never make that appointment. Sure, they could re-do the landscaping themselves but nobody wants to put in the effort it would take to imagine what the house could look like if the garden was cleaned up. Donâ??t make them imagine; clean it up for them.

Your home and garden should look its best when on the market

Landscaping on a house is comparable to the clothes that you put on your body. If you were going to a formal event, you wouldnâ??t put on your gym clothes. If you did, people would take one look at you and make negative judgments. People who might have been great professional networking contacts would write you off, possibly even blackballing you from ever working in the field that they were influential in. You might have a lot of information stored inside to share with them but if you donâ??t look right, they arenâ??t even going to talk to you.

Some basic garden maintenance may be all it takes

The exact same thing is true about your house. Home buyers who might love the inside of the home that you worked so hard to get ready for sale wonâ??t ever see it if you neglect the garden. Therefore, it is important to the sale of your home that you take care of every last detail, especially what they see first which is the landscaping in the front of the home. Of course, you donâ??t have to go all out and hire a professional landscaper to make the home look better. (Although you could do that if you wanted to.) You just need to do some basic maintenance to the landscaping to get it in shape.

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The front garden is the first impression – and the lasting one

People donâ??t necessarily want to pull up to a home and see a brand new front lawn. They donâ??t need to see flower beds (where they might have wanted to put a concrete fountain) or an elaborate new porch with a Southern porch swing. But they also donâ??t want to see weeds, missing fence chunks and fading paint on the driveway. Drive by the home yourself and try to look at it through the eyes of a stranger. Anything that would turn you off as a home buyer should be repaired or improved before you put that home on the market. You wouldnâ??t head out to a formal event without looking in a mirror and you shouldnâ??t try to sell your home without giving it the once over.