Curb Appeal

Courtesy Metro Creative

Real estate professionals often cite improving curb appeal as an excellent way to attract prospective buyers and potentially get the asking price or more when selling the home.

Improving a home’s curb appeal makes sense in today’s real estate market, as many people do their own searching via websites such as Trulia or Zillow.

When browsing, buyers will likely be less inclined to click on a listing if exterior photos of the property are not eye-catching. An added benefit to focusing on landscaping to improve curb appeal is it promotes time spent outdoors in spring and summer. In addition, many lawn and garden home-improvement projects need not require professional expertise.

1. Maintain a lush, green lawn.

Lawns that fall into disrepair may not give buyers a correct impression about how homeowners maintained their homes. Lawns with multiple dead spots and grass that appears more brown than green may lead many buyers to assume that the home’s interior was neglected as well. Maintaining lush green lawns is not as difficult as it may seem. Applying fertilizer and aerating at the appropriate times of year can promote strong roots and healthy soil, making it easier for grass to survive harsh conditions like drought. During the summer months, water early in the morning or evening so little is lost to evaporation.

2. Address brown patch.

Even a well-maintained lawn can fall victim to brown spots. According to the lawn care professionals at TruGreen, lawns in regions with hot temperatures and high humidity can be infected with brown patch, a common lawn disease that is caused by fungus, which can produce circular areas of dead grass surrounded by narrow, dark rings. Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences notes that removing dew that collects on grass leaves each morning, which can be accomplished by mowing or dragging a water hose across affected areas, can be an effective way to reduce brown patch. Homeowners without much lawn care experience can consult professional landscapers to address the issue. But those looking to sell their properties should note that buyers often walk the grounds of homes they are considering buying. So addressing any issues on the lawn should be a priority for sellers.

3. Confine dogs to certain areas.

Dog owners may want to let their pets roam free in their yards, but homeowners about to put their properties up for sale may want to confine their four-legged friends to certain areas. That’s because dog urine can be high in nitrogen. Nitrogen itself is not harmful to lawns, but in high concentrations it can contribute to yellow or brown spots. Also, highly acidic dog urine may even adversely affect pH levels in the soil.

Curb appeal can go a long way toward helping homeowners sell their homes, and a lush lawn can be used to catch the eye of prospective buyers.

– Courtesy Metro Creative