Feb. 2, 2017
Too much shade can make a home seem dark and uninviting to home buyers. Luckily, there are things that can be done to make a shady property more desirable before it goes on the market. The following landscaping tips will help make a shady property look more appealing to prospective buyers.
Prune Trees and Tall Shrubs
Overgrown trees and tall shrubs can create deep shadows around a home. To cut back on the gloom, prune plants just enough to let in light. The “sun dappled” look is much more cheerful than full shade. As a bonus, a little sun on the lawn will help you grow a wider range of plants on your property.
Turn to Shade Tolerant Plants and Shrubs
Improving the landscaping before putting a house on the market can make a home more attractive to buyers. However, don’t forget that many plants need a lot of sun to grow properly. When landscaping on a shady property, be careful to buy shade tolerant plants like fuscia, hostas, hydrangeas and lily of the valley.
Install Beds Where Grass Won't Grow
Even shade tolerant grass will sometimes grow poorly in deep shade, which means that a shady lawn may have some bare patches. If this is the case, installing flower beds in the area can help you spruce up the space and keep your lawn looking beautiful. Fill your flower beds with shade tolerant varieties like the ones described above, or make install low-maintenance rock beds.
Cut Back Overhanging Branches
Cut away any overhanging branches that reach over the roof. Large branches pose a threat to your home should they ever fall and could make buyers wary of your property when they take a closer look. Even small overhanging branches can be problematic as well because they provide a way in to your attic for small animals and vermin.
Tidy Up Leaves and Twigs
Trees have a way of dropping leaves and twigs all over the property, which can make the entire yard look unkempt. To make your yard seem neat and tidy, do what you can to pick up leaves and twigs before putting your house on the market. This is especially important if selling in fall, when leaves can coat the entire lawn.
Making a regular yard pick-up routine can help your home look its best every day. If you live on a large lot, you may want to divide duties up into sections of the yard for different days of the week.
Consult with a Real Estate Agent
Any property can be a challenge to sell if not properly presented to buyers. Working with an experienced agent will help you avoid any pitfalls and can help you sell your home quickly. Contact a professional early in the process to find out which strategies will help make your property more appealing to buyers.