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Importance of Curb Appeal

front yard photoHow important is landscape design when staging and selling your home in North Scottsdale?

While most people know the importance of staging a home in preparation for sale, the exterior landscape of the home may not be given the importance that it is due.  Curb appeal is the initial advertisement of the home for potential buyers.  If it’s not up to par with the neighborhood, for example, that showing may turn into a drive-by, with the potential buyers not wanting to step inside to see the home itself.

You can avoid this lost opportunity by taking a few simple steps to update and maintain a beautiful exterior, inviting home buyers to come closer to check out all that your home has to offer.  First, clean up your landscaping.  It sounds simple, but nothing says deferred maintenance like a shaggy lawn, or a desert landscape strewn with weeds and overgrown trees.  This cleaning should also happen to your driveway and paths, with a good hosing or power washing of these areas.

If you’re lucky enough to have a patio area or large entry way, place a chair or two here, to showcase a conversation area to your potential buyers as they are walking into your home.  However, the decluttering and simplifying rule that applies to the interior of your home also applies to the exterior and landscaping, so be sure to remove any yard or lawn art from your front yard and entry way.  Keeping the door clean of decorations is another way to showcase the architecture and beauty of your home without distracting potential buyers unnecessarily.  Finally, be sure that your windows sparkle in the Arizona sun, so buyers looking out to the front yard can appreciate and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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