Outdoor Features To Help Sell a Home

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With all the recent rain in the Pacific Northwest, it’s hard to believe Spring is upon us. Rest assured, the sun will return – along with the homebuyers. Homesellers looking to catch a few of those eyes should consider sprucing up the exterior of their homes. Most of these suggestions take little more than a weekend to start and add interest immediately.

Lawn care

Early spring is the best time to plant a new lawn because even though temperatures start to climb, there is still plenty of rain to keep the new lawn watered. Even though the calendar says May, there are probably still a few rainy days ahead. However, just a few dry days can hurt new lawn growth, so if the rains subside, make sure to water every evening.

This goes for sodding, too. The grass looks great all laid out, but the roots still need to take hold in the dirt. More water means more root growth.

If you’re are re-seeding an entire area or putting down sod, consider adding a sprinkler system as well. This will be more expensive than adding seed or sod, but a sprinkler system will appeal to any buyer, especially if there is a lush, green lawn to take care of.

Overall landscaping

Don’t stop at the lawn, either. Roaming the grounds with some loppers or trimmers to even out bushes, shape shrubs, and trim trees will give the landscaping a clean, cared-for look. Edging the flower beds and walkways also adds a level of crispness.

A well maintained front yard prepped for house sale in Vancouver WA
Roaming the grounds with some loppers or trimmers to even out bushes, shape shrubs, and trim trees will give the landscaping a clean, cared-for look.

Speaking of paths, adding one from the front of the house to the back, or from the curb to your front door, is an easy way to add another piece of interest to the landscaping. Pavers and flagstones are a quick solution, but if time and money aren’t a concern, stamped concrete that can be colored can really dazzle.

Outdoor Living Area

It may not be in the budget, but even a small outdoor sitting area can be a big selling point as the weather gets warmer. Potential buyers can picture themselves enjoying their morning coffee or unwinding after the workday.

If a patio or deck is already in place, pressure washing can bring the surface back to life. For a wood deck, a fresh coat of stain and weather-proofing can bring it back to life.

Nothing completes an outdoor sitting area more than a firepit after the sun goes down. Firepits come in many shapes and sizes, from portable store-bought to pits made of bricks, pavers or concrete blocks. Adding a few logs to paint a picture for potential buyers, but make sure to clean out any ash or cinders from around the pit.

“Catch the eyes of potential home buyers”

Spring is in full swing now, but there is still time to spruce up the exterior of the home to catch the eyes of potential buyers.

Interested in selling your home? Rowena C. Lusby is a proven industry leader, consistently ranking at the very top of her peers and number one within her company for years in a row. With 30 years of sales, marketing and negotiating experience, Rowena is the one to call for any of your real estate needs or questions. Contact Rowena today!