Thinking of selling your home? First impressions count, so it’s important that you put that extra effort into improving your curb appeal. The best thing is that you don’t need to break the bank or completely renovate to make the most of your space – just a few small jobs and the addition of a couple of plants will really lift the area and make your home look and feel just that more inviting. And, it will help boost the value of your home, too! Why wouldn’t you want that?
1. Scrub and shine
The walls and windows of your home are one of the first things prospective buyers will see, so take the time to give them a good clean before open day. Dilute Selleys Original Sugar Soap with water, apply to surfaces and scrub with a clean brush or broom. Rinse thoroughly with water, ensuring to remove it well from any glass or steel surface. Don’t worry if run off gets into the garden – it won’t harm the plants.
2. Lawn and order
Mow your front lawns (including the nature strip), but keep the mower on a high setting to avoid scalping the lawn – you don’t want bare patches on sale day! Don’t forget to control weeds and also feed the lawn (hello lush green lawn!), which you can do in one go with Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed (or Yates BuffaloPRO Weed ‘n’ Feed for buffalo lawns). Lastly, trim the edges along garden beds, paths and driveways to give your lawn and garden a clean, polished finish.
3. It’s a cover up
No one likes the look of bare dirt, so make sure you cover it up. Use pine bark mulch or visit your local nursery and see what potted colour they have on sale (there is usually a stand at the front of the store with plants on special). Plant them up and there you have it, an instant lift!
4. Weed ‘em and reap
Weeds are unsightly and can give the impression that your home isn’t well maintained. For a quick fix, spray weeds in garden beds, pathways and driveways with Yates Zero Rapid 1-hr Action Weedkiller. Once they have died down, remove them and either cover up with mulch or plant with potted colour to fill the space.
5. Trim and tidy
Sweep fallen leaves, cut back overgrown trees or shrubs and remove any dead plants – sounds like a no-brainer, right? We know, but it’s often surprising how many people forget this point. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to feed any flowering plants to ensure they put on a show come sale day! Use Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food weekly to encourage big beautiful blooms.
6. Make a statement
Before buyers step into your home, give them one last WOW factor by including a statement pot plant near the main entrance. Try two pots with clipped topiary on either side of the door or a single pot with filled with a striking foliage plant, like yucca or dracaena. Look for on trend pots or planters, like Northcote Pottery’s ModStone Range in a concrete finish, which is stylish, durable and lightweight. You can cheat and simply slip the plant (still in its plastic pot from the nursery) straight into the decorative container.