As with many things in life, first impressions matter a lot in real estate sales. Your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see, whether they drive by, view your ad online, or show up with a realtor for a walk-through. So when you list your home for sale, one of the most important things you can do is boost the curb appeal by cleaning up the yard and performing repairs on the exterior of the home.
Buyers will often evaluate a home’s condition by inspecting the landscaping. Flower beds, shrubs, and trees that are properly maintained not only increase the beauty of the home’s exterior; they also signal a dedicated owner who takes care of home maintenance tasks as they arise. This might subconsciously hint to the prospective buyers that you’ve also done a good job at maintaining the home’s exterior – particularly hidden areas like plumbing and electrical work.
As you ready your home for showings and possible sale, consider the following tree care chores to be “must do’s”:
Gather and remove fallen debris. Fallen branches and leaves make your yard look unkempt. Luckily, they’re also easy to gather and remove. Make sure to look up, too; debris on the roof is just as distracting as debris on the lawn.
Trim trees that are overgrown and crowded. Tangled, messy limbs are less visually appealing. Discriminating buyers might also view unkempt trees as a sign that other parts of the house have not been well maintained. At the very least, they know that tree care will be one more chore they must address immediately, so take care of that for them.
Evaluate safety hazards. Trees that are damaged, diseased, or overhanging important structures pose a risk to both property and life. Prospective buyers can surely see these things as well, and will probably view them with dollars signs hanging in the air! Since potential danger and expensive damage can turn off buyers, remove any diseased or damaged trees before showing your home.
Remember to consider stump grinding services. Removing dangerous trees is most important, but keep in mind that some people find the leftover stump to be unsightly as well. If you’re removing dead or dying trees anyway, go ahead and remove the stumps to add maximum curb appeal to the home.
If you have questions about any of these tree care services, please call us for a complimentary estimate and we’ll be happy to assist you.