Lisa Schade

Broker, BS, CDPE, SFR

How to Master the Art of Curb Appeal

 

 

With prime home selling season upon us, it's time for to make sure your property is at its best-and the smartest place to start is in your front yard. First impressions are important. You don't want potential buyers to discount a home without even getting out of the car.

According to Home and Garden Television (HGTV) an attractive and well-maintained yard can add as much as 10 percent to the value of a home. In less than one weekend, you can follow three easy steps to greener and cleaner yards -allowing you to sell your home for more money in less time.

Step One-Feed Your Grass

Spring is an important time to fertilize a yard, which leads to greener grass. GreenView Lawn Food with GreenSmart is a possible option for home sellers, with an all-new enhanced efficiency fertilizer that features Mesa a patented slow-release nitrogen ingredient. After just one application, it claims to work up to 12-weeks, setting your lawn up for success against heat, drought and additional good-weather traffic. Additionally it costs an average of 20 percent less than other brands. If you have a weed problem-you'll want to choose either Crabgrass control (pre-emergent) or Weed and Feed to help with many broadleaf weed varieties, such as dandelions, chicory and pigweed. Use just three-weeks prior to your scheduled open house to see real results.

Step Two-Trim Your Lawn & Shrubs

After you feed the grass, you'll need to maintain it for open houses and showings. Don't cut your grass too short, particularly for cool season grasses. Most common grasses do well at the 2.5 to 3 inch range. Additionally, make sure to cut back overgrowth on trees, bushes and shrubs.

Step Three-Add Some Color

Add some color with fresh mulch, new flowers and a nice welcome mat. These little touches will be noticed by prospective homebuyers and make for a more welcoming appearance to your home. For a small investment, containers with flowers a good idea too. The flower containers are great for staging, and you can take them with you when you move.

For more information visit www.greenviewpresskit.com.

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