real estate sellingWhether the real estate selling market is good or bad, you’ll want to make a few extra dollars when you do sell. Most people concentrate on the interior of their homes, but first impressions of the exterior are just as critical. So here are some landscaping tips to boost curb appeal and improve the sale price.

Don’t Cut Down Trees 

According to an article on, a mature tree can achieve an appraised value of $1,000 to $10,000.

Add Plants 

Landscaping can realize a recovery value of between 100% and 200% at selling time, says Money Magazine. If you’ve got a long lead time when real estate selling, then it would be a good idea to have the garden professionally landscaped.

Get Rid of the Brown 

  • Shrubs – first thing in spring, remove all dead branches.
  • Rake the lawn to remove overwintering dead grass stems or dead leaves.
  • To freshen up the look, put a thin layer of mulch around all shrubs. Avoid using coloured mulches because, when real estate selling, potential buyers who don’t like them will put in reduced offers.
  • Weed constantly – nothing shouts out “neglect” more than weeds!
  • Keep pavers clean.
  • Keep perennial plants neat and trimmed.
  • Cut bulbs to the ground, and plant annuals on top of them.
  • Hang up the garden hoses, and put the garbage away.

For real estate selling or buying on the magnificent Southern Georgian Bay Waterfront, contact us, Nancy-Jo and Iain Gurr. We specialize in retirement and waterfront properties, luxury homes, cottage real estate, and first-time buying.