Preparing your home for a sale usually means more than just staging the interior. It is important to be aware of what’s outside of the house as well. This is especially true in the summertime when potential homebuyers will be looking for a place that they will be able to fully enjoy inside and out. Many beautiful homes are passed by because the owners didn’t pay enough attention to their landscaping. Don’t fall into that trap. Here’s why paying attention to landscaping is a critical part of summer home selling.

Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal

Even if your potential homebuyers aren’t gardeners, they will still be looking for one thing as they approach your property: curb appeal. Curb appeal is usually something that hits potential buyers before they even open the doors to your house. So what’s the first part of your property that people see? Usually it’s your lawn and garden. So in order to have a property that screams “buy me!” it’s essential that you have not only a house with curb appeal, but also a lawn and garden to match.

Your Landscaping is an Extension of Your Home

Perhaps you don’t think of landscaping as an extension of your home, but odds are most potential homebuyers will. Even if your home has a beautifully staged interior, some potential buyers won’t even think about looking inside if they see that your garden is overgrown or your landscaping is in need of serious work. You need to make sure that what’s outside your house tells the same story as what’s inside. Yards and gardens present a great opportunity for you to take the decor style that makes your home unique, and to apply that style outdoors. If you have a certain look that you like to use for interior decorating, say “old country farmhouse” or “modern simplicity,” then it’s not hard to extend that same sense of style into the rest of your property. Look at what you already have inside for inspiration, or consider hiring a landscaping company to consult with you and put a professional stamp on the job.

Improve the Look of Your House through Landscaping

Not only can proper landscaping extend the story of your home out into your yard and garden, it can also be used to make your house itself look even better than it already does. A good way to improve the look of your house is to ensure that your driveway and walkway are free of weeds, and that the edging around your flowerbeds is crisp and neat. This gives the whole property a clean and welcoming feel. You can also use landscaping to accentuate certain parts of your house. Use large planters to frame your front door or entryway, giving your house a symmetrical and artistic feel. Or create leading lines in your yard and garden using walkways or stones to draw attention to the most impressive parts of your house.

We all love spending time outside in the summer, but at this time of year, the idea of quality outdoor space will be on a home buyer’s mind more than ever. The best thing you can do to convince them that your house is worth buying is to make sure that your property looks just as good on the outside as it does on the inside. Oh, and one more thing: Don’t forget to water regularly (as long as your local bylaws will allow it). No one likes a house with a big brown lawn and dead flowers.