Landscaping isn’t usually the first thing most homeowners think of when it’s time to sell their holiday homes in Orlando. But it’s a part of your home that affects its curb appeal to potential buyers.
Failing to maintain your home’s landscaping can cause buyers to overlook your home or make low-ball offers that are far below what your home is worth. Even if you’re not ready to sell right now, an attractive and well-maintained yard can add up to 10 percent to your home’s value.
Here are top landscaping tips homeowners can use to sell their holiday homes more easily and at a higher return on investment.
Use Color to Brighten Your Home’s Landscape
Planting flowers is one of the easiest ways to improve your home’s landscape and curb appeal. The right flowers and plants can highlight your home’s exterior design while making your home stand out.
Create a theme based on one or two colors so that potential buyers see that you’ve put some thought and effort into your home’s appearance. Flowers and plants can be seasonal, allowing you to change the look of your home and appeal to buyers during specific times of the year.
These flowers are excellent choices to enhance the look of your Orlando vacation home:
- Evolvulus (also known as Blue Daze)
- Coreopsis (Florida’s state flower)
- Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia
- Blue Salvia
- Mexican Heather
Landscaping Showcases Your Home’s Unique Design
Landscaping can enhance design features that home buyers may not always notice. It can make entrances and walkways more inviting and highlight fountains, ponds, and other accessories.
Your home’s style of architecture can influence landscape decisions you make as you maintain and update your home. Use materials that are part of your home’s construction in your landscape design. Incorporate wood or stucco elements in your landscaping to match your home. This gives your home a more consistent and balanced look that’s visually appealing.
Long-Term Maintenance and Repairs Improve Your Home’s Value
Homeowners who get the highest return on their investments know the importance of keeping their properties maintained and completing necessary repairs over time. If you’re planning on selling your holiday home, now’s the time to consider making those repairs and much-needed updates.
Exterior water faucets should be in working order. If you have broken or leaking faucets, home buyers may see that as a sign that more extensive and costly issues might be lurking.
If your irrigation system needs repairs, investing the time and money to make sure it works can alleviate concerns for the buyer.
Clean dirty exterior surfaces with a power washer. This step alone can do wonders for your home’s appearance and make it look like new, and you can use a power washer on a wide range of surfaces, including brick and vinyl siding. Power washers are also great for cleaning fences.
Adding outdoor furniture, creating new walkways, and installing landscape lighting are other steps you can take as you prepare to sell your home. Tip: When adding a new walkway, avoid 90 degree angles and straight lines, since they don’t typically occur in nature. Curved pathways are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and will help to increase the overall value of your home.
Team Donovan can help you get the most out of your vacation home when you’re ready to sell. We help today’s home investors buy and sell luxury holiday homes in Orlando and the surrounding Central Florida area. Call us at 407-705-2161 to learn how we can sell your home in a timely manner, and for the best possible price.