Many of the homes sold in Miami-Dade have a selling price below their market value. As a seller, ensuring maximum returns on your sale requires some preparation, including improving your home’s curb appeal.
First impressions matter. When prospective buyers view your home, the garden is the first thing they notice. This guide discusses gardening tips to help you sell your home quickly and at a fair market price, even if you list your property as “home for sale by owner.”
Before we share some valuable tips on how to maximize the curb appeal of your home, we want to mention that many Miami-Dade sellers who wish to take the realtor (and their commission) out of their selling process turn to Abode1 as their best solution. At Abode1, we provide the virtual professional assistance you need throughout the selling process at a flat 1% fee.
Furthermore, when Abode1 lists your property on the MLS, you enjoy a unique advantage: Abode1 has established NO contractual obligation to the buyer’s broker if one is involved in the transaction. Instead, we assist our sellers in negotiating any cooperating broker fee during contract negotiations. This is how it should be as the fee should reflect the price, terms and conditions of the entire contract offer. You cannot enjoy this advantage with a traditional real estate transaction in which the buyer’s broker typically commands a 3% commission regardless of the contract offer. And because you receive the support of Abode1’s real estate professionals, who have over three decades of experience in the Miami-Dade market, you’ll also avoid the two major FSBO pitfalls.
Now, onto beautifying your garden to appeal to buyers.
Get Rid of Garden Clutter
Over time, you might have started using your garden as an outdoor storage space for objects that don’t necessarily contribute to aesthetics. Old building materials, gardening tools, and empty flower pots can create the impression of an unkempt property, even if your garden is inherently a tranquil and private space.
When clearing your outdoor space of garbage, pay attention to overgrowth and plant debris accumulating around fences and in the out-of-sight crooks and crannies of your garden.
Improve Your Lawn’s Health and Appearance
A healthy, manicured lawn goes a long way toward enhancing your garden’s curb appeal. You can enhance your lawn’s curb appeal within a few weeks by following these steps:
- Mow your lawn, trim the lawn edges, and rake up all clippings.
- Aerate your lawn to improve drainage by making six-inch deep holes at six-inch intervals using a garden fork.
- Remove all lawn weeds, dandelions, and plantains using a hand trowel. Where necessary, use a selective lawn weed killer.
- Remove algae and dead grass from your lawn using a spring-tined lawn rake.
- Repair dead spots on your lawn by breaking up the upper soil layer, scattering grass seeds, and then adding potting compost to the area. Wait for these areas to establish before mowing over them.
- Apply a slow-release fertilizer to your lawn’s established areas.
- Mow and water your lawn at least once a week.
Power-Wash All Surfaces and Fences
Over time, grime, debris, and dirt accumulate on outdoor surfaces, such as your driveway, sidewalk, and patios. A thorough power-washing can give these surfaces an as-new appearance, transforming your home’s curb appeal. Remember to power-wash all fencing as well.
Fix Irrigation Issues
A fully functioning irrigation system can be a significant selling point for a home for sale by owner, especially if a prospective buyer is passionate about gardening. Whether you have automated irrigation or a traditional system with valves, give it a thorough go-over, and repair any defects. Tell prospective buyers about the optimal watering schedule for the garden and show them how the irrigation system works.
Prune and Trim All Trees
Trimming your trees ensures that they grow correctly and healthily, improving your garden’s curb appeal. Tree pruning might also be necessary to remove dead, unnecessary, or hazardous branches.
If you have tree limbs pushing toward the property structure, power lines, or other trees, pruning will prevent certification issues and give your garden a well-maintained appearance. In the case of a home for sale by owner, proper tree maintenance is critical to ensure a successful sale.
Plant Colorful Annuals
A dash of color here and there can create a cheerful outdoor atmosphere. Annuals generally have bright colors lasting for a season or a year. With a bit of planning, the blooming period can coincide with when you are selling your house.
Pick an annual that blooms at the right time. For example, calibrachoa blooms from spring to the end of fall. Pansies, violas, and snowdrops are examples of annuals that bloom in winter.
Add Container Plants
Container plants come in various shapes and sizes, and you can use them to accentuate landscape design features or add visual interest to unimaginative outdoor areas. With container materials, such as concrete, metal, or stone, you can create compelling landscape themes without breaking the bank.
Apply Mulch to the Garden Beds
Adding fresh mulch to your garden beds is among the most cost-effective ways to give your garden a well-kept appearance. A darker mulch will provide a beautiful backdrop for the green plants and accentuate their color.
Add Water Features
A water feature can give your garden a tranquil atmosphere, and it can double as a birdbath. If you already have a water feature, give it a thorough power-washing, and ensure that its pump is in working condition.
Partner with Abode1 and Sell Your Property with Professional Help for A 1% Fee
Listing your property as a home for sale by owner might seem like a viable option to eliminate commission fees. However, when you partner with Abode1, you get access to a wide range of high-end real estate solutions at a listing commission of only 1%.
At Abode1, we will list your property on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), and, as we mentioned above, we will give you the assistance you need to negotiate with the buyer’s agent, reducing commissions even further.
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