Prep Your Yard for This Season's Buyers
As this season kicks into high gear, sellers will want to enhance their homes by creating an outdoor space that attracts buyers. The yard not only expands living space, it also reconnects families, friends, and pets with nature and provides a natural setting to reduce stress and improving overall health and well-being.
Here are five points to consider:
Understand potential buyers’ lifestyle needs. Determine how a potential buyer might use the yard, then plant accordingly. Does the yard need more shade for hot summer days? Is it lacking a grassy area for kids and pets to play?
Know the climate zone. If adding landscaping, select climate-appropriate plants that will thrive with minimal input. Grasses, shrubs, and trees that are Zone 4a hardy are most likely to succeed.
Plant for pets. More people are including pets in their lives so consider animal’s needs when planting. Hardy grass withstands pet traffic. Soft, yet sturdy, foliage is a good choice for heavily-trafficked areas. See which plants are dangerous to pets by downloading the ASPCA’s list of poisonous plants.
Attract pollinators & wildlife. The home habitat is also vital for pollinators (bees, butterflies, and birds) and other wildlife that rely on backyard plants for food and shelter. Planting pollen-rich flowers, including annuals, will help nourish pollinators while creating a vibrant outdoor scene buyers will appreciate.
Stage the outdoors. Showcase how the space will be used. Arrange outdoor tables and seating, have the barbecue grill set up, and add other touches that show how people can live in the space.
KIMBERLY VAN HAL | Good to Know®
As a residential agent since 1987, Kim has helped home buyers and sellers in the Fargo Moorhead metro area achieve their real estate goals.