by Lauren Spencer
on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 9:15am.
Are you looking to sell your home this spring?
Then you need some quick and easy ways to boost your home's value.
Well...put on some gloves and grab a shovel - we're going to get your garden into shape!
A home with a beautiful yard looks inviting, and sends a strong signal to potential buyers that they've found somewhere that they'd want to live.
It also says something about the property as a whole. A well-kept yard implies a well-kept and cared-for home, and who wouldn't be enticed by that?
So, if you are looking for some cheap and easy ways to get your property looking "buyer ready", then read on for some useful gardening tips.
Let's get started...
Before you get your hands dirty, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind when landscaping - especially if you want enhance the value of your property.
Mulch is a great way to add contrast, color, and great texture to garden beds.
Mulch also keeps out weeds and improves water retention.
And best of all? It's relatively cheap and simple.
Just crack open a bag and spread it around.
Not mulch more to say on this one.
Chances are you already have a half-decent yard - or even a great one! It just needs some TLC.
To improve your yard, you can always do some basic clean-up jobs:
If any of that feels like too much work - just hire someone to do it. These jobs aren't too expensive and you'll probably make that money back anyway.
The one exception is if you have a tree that's looking in bad shape. In that case, call a professional arborist.
On the subject of trees: If there's one simple addition that can add value to your home, it's a tree.
One single tree, well placed, and in your front yard - that's all you need.
You know what they say: The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago, the second best time is right now.
So plant that tree!
If you already have a well-established tree in your front yard, then try to get it some deserved attention: A swing, a flowerbed, trimmed branches.
There are many different options when selecting and installing plants for your garden, but the basic idea is to go for variety.
A blend of perennials and annuals, flowering and non-flowering, tall, short, creeping, crawling ... you get the idea.
Here are some more specific tips:
A more specific direction, and one that's quite appropriate and fashionable for Santa Cruz, is xeriscaping.
The city of Santa Cruz already encourages this form of landscaping, and provides some useful resources.
Don't forget the structural stuff.
A well-kept fence, a spacious shed, a clear pathway, an inviting patio, or neat steps are some of the most impactful additions to a yard to add value.
These may be a little more complicated and expensive to implement, but there are a few cheap and easy fixes you can try here as well...
If you have the money to spare, hire someone to come do the bigger jobs. Again, these are likely to give you a great return-on-investment.
Gardening is a lot more fun than many other home renovation projects, and first impressions matter a lot!
So, getting to work on your garden might be the best and easiest trick for boosting your home value.
There aren't any clear numbers out there on this - but almost all sources agree that money spent on your garden is never wasted when it comes time to sell.
What are you waiting for?