In the last blog post, we talked about how to prepare your house for sale starting with the mailbox. This blog post will focus on the yard.

Preparing your home for sale: The Yard

  1. Mow the yard often to keep it looking neat. Toss some grass seed on bare spots.
  2. Keep the flower beds (if any) weed free.
  3. Cut back overzealous shrubs that obscure windows.
  4. Pick up dead tree branches.
  5. Trim shrubbery.
  6. Clean out fish pond if you have one.
  7. Clean out fountains and birdbaths (if any). When showing the home make sure to turn on fountains. The sound of gurgling water is very pleasant and relaxing to most people).
  8. If there is a swing that stays with the house, get it in good repair. Oil squeaks, paint it, and replace missing parts, if possible. If it’s beyond repair take it down.
  9. Remove anything from the yard that is unsightly, such as limbs, concrete blocks, flower pots, etc.
  10. Remove inoperable vehicles from the yard.
  11. Outbuildings need to be in good shape. Paint them if they look a little tired. Latches and locks need to work reasonably well. If wired for electricity, replace burned out bulbs.
  12. See that all yard lights work.
  13. Make dog pens or runs as clean and attractive as possible. Pick up any animal excrement from the yard, if animals are not penned. If your dog is a digger, fill in holes and spread grass seed.
  14. Even if the grill attached to your patio doesn’t work, spruce it up. Clean racks and the appearance of serviceability will at least make it seem more of a positive possibility than an eyesore.
  15. Play up the comfort and visual appeal of your patio or porch. Arrange your patio furniture in an attractive way. Place a book on a chair in a shady corner.


Please stay tuned for next blog post about : The Driveway