If you’re selling your home, you may have heard of the importance of boosting curb appeal. Curb appeal is what enables you to make a good first impression when buyers come to see your home. Wooded properties face a number of curb-appeal challenges, including stray organic debris, deep shade and unruly landscaping.
Knowing how to overcome those challenges can help you attract buyers when your home goes on the market.
Trim Nearby Trees
Trees that crowd your yard can plunge your lawn into deep shade, making your property look gloomy and dark. Trimming trees in the front can help your yard achieve a “sun dappled” look that makes your property cheerful and inviting. It’s especially important to trim trees that hang over your roof, as overhanging branches can cause damage to rooftops and may allow rodents to gain access to your home.
Clean Off Roof and Gutters
Make your home look tidy and well-maintained by sweeping away any branches and leaves that fall on your roof and fill your gutters. Avoid going on your roof if at all possible. Instead, stand on a ladder and use a long-handled brush to sweep away organic debris.
Keep Path to Home Clear
Make sure that the path to your front door is clear and easy for home buyers to access. If the pathway to your front door is hidden by tall grasses, plants or shrubs, use garden lighting or large decorative stones to outline the pathway to your home.
Mark Your Home Clearly
Homes in rural, wooded areas are sometimes poorly marked and difficult for visitors to find. Put up extra large home numbers on the front of your property to ensure that visitors will know when they have reached the right place. If the roads to your home are also poorly marked, consider putting up signs to your house to ensure that buyers will be able to reach your property.
Plant Native Shrubs and Flowers
The majority of plants like sunlight and don’t do well when competing with overhanging trees. As a result, you may have a hard time growing flowers and other plants on your property. The best way to address this problem is to plant native shrubs and flowers that grow in the wooded area around your home. These plants will likely thrive with minimal effort, making your property look carefully landscaped.
Consult with an Expert
Your real estate agent will be able to help you develop strategies and recommend services that can boost your home’s curb appeal and make a good impression on buyers. For more helpful tips, talk to your agent before putting your home up on the market.