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Preparing your Tredyffrin Easttown home for sale - Landscaping

Curb appeal and the role of Landscaping

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Curb appeal

When you are preparing your Tredyffrin Easttown home for sale you must see it through the eyes of potential buyers. You want that initial curb appeal impact to be a positive one, creating a desire that when they enter your home only increases. Your landscaping can add to that appeal or decrease it even to the extent of having potential buyers drive off without even seeing the inside of your home.


Landscaping can bring a big impact for low cost, sometimes it requires removing things as opposed to adding. Don't be limited by your property lines look beyond those and see what your buyers see, how can you improve that view. We get used to seeing things and accept them rather than thinking about changing them. For example, a neighbor's shed may be unsightly, we live with it, a buyer sees it as an eyesore. But it can be shielded with some fencing, trees or shrubs.

Canvas showing Irises

Look at your front and back yard as a canvas with three dimensions, a foreground, a background and the middle area in between. What are you going to paint on that canvas.

I just had a customer remove a holly that  was growing in front of his house by the bay window, it was large and growing irregularly blocking light and not adding anything to the home. Having removed it the Pennsylvania stone really shines and the whole front of the house is improved. Sometimes you dont have to totally remove something, but you can cut it back. Remember, home inspectors like plants and shrubs to be away from the walls of a home so the air can move freely around it.

Create depth and add dimension with your plantings, you need height as well in some areas like a work of art leads the eye you want plants and shrubs to lead the eye where you want it to go. You get more bang for your buck with shrubs and flowers than with hardscaping, so go to your local garden center and ask for advice. Also remember to create areas where people can sit and enjoy the yard, quiet zones, just as an interior has space for people to get away, your garden needs "rooms" or places where they can sit quietly and enjoy the beauty you have created.

Like any improvement, do these changes before you are ready to sell and enjoy the benefits yourself as well. There is nothing like working in the yard, not just clearing leaves and cutting grass but planting and planning flower beds, and enjoying the work you have done throughout the seasons.

Finally, don't forget to tidy up regularly, keep trash cans out of sight, weed those flower beds and pick up fallen branches. All these little things lead buyers to believe you care for your home and therefore it is worth seeing and considering.

Remember if you need advice preparing your Tredyffrin Easttown home for sale give us a call, we will be happy to let you know what we think as we see multiple homes a week and can give you an outsiders opinion before you begin work.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • January 31 2007 08:28AM


Nick & Trudy,

Landscaping can have a huge impact on curb appeal!  The home needs to be inviting from the outside to draw people to the inside.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 12 years ago

Great advice, Nick & Trudy Vandekar - and a wonderful facelift too!  ;-)  

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 2 years ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

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