Real estate in Nashville is getting to be pretty ridiculous, especially if you are trying to buy a home. On the other hand, if the hustle and bustle of New Nashville is getting to be too much, then now is the perfect time to sell, because you will probably make a lot of money and sell pretty quickly. Of course, a lot of work goes into selling a home, the least of which is getting things ready and making little improvements to up the value, including what is known in the industry as “curb appeal.” As anyone who has ever spent time watching home improvement shows can tell you, curb appeal refers to the impact that a nicely manicured lawn, like the kind of landscaping work we at the Parke Company provide, can have on a home’s sale.
With that in mind, here are some tips to improve your home’s curb appeal.
Curb your enthusiasm
The initial response is probably going to be wanting to overdo things. If you have a lot of stuff going on in your front lawn, it might have the opposite effect, which is why you want to go subtle. For example, instead of looking for a lot of plants and bushes to plant in your front yard, a better idea might be to plant something small, like a couple of black-eyed Susans in a small window planter. It’s just something little that will go a long way to giving potential buyers an idea of what flowers in the lawn look like without going overboard with it.
If you are going to add flowers to the actual lawn itself, make sure it’s not overpowering, but also not too small. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the garden bed is about half of the width of your home. If you want to go larger, that’s fine, but in that case adding bushes or highlighting trees is a nice way to create a sense of scale.
Maintain what you already have
After that, the best thing you can do is to make sure the things that are already in place look nice. If you can control the watering of your lawn, make sure that it’s as green as you can get it. If the cost of that endeavour is something that worries you, you might want to look into irrigation. It’s a service that we at the Parke Company are happy to provide, and it might be just the thing to take your home into the next tier of value. Other things you can do include fixing any old or leaky gutters, giving the trim on your home a new coat of paint, and raking the lawn.
Selling a home is a tricky prospect, something fraught with uncertainty and unknown quantities. Making sure your lawn is something that a lot of people are going to want to own goes a long way to help in that effort. If you think that your lawn needs a lot of work, give us at the Parke Company a call and we will help you get where you need to go.