If you’re selling a home in Scottsdale, you know how important curb appeal is – but where do you start, and how can you make your house look so spectacular from the road that prospective buyers can’t wait to get inside (and not just to escape from the heat)?
Check out these three curb appeal tips from the pros and our bonus checklist of 12 amazing desert plants to use for landscaping.
3 Curb Appeal Tips From the Pros
Selling your home in Scottsdale is a process that involves a lot of moving pieces – and one of them is creating irresistible curb appeal. It should go without saying that your home’s exterior needs to be clean, and your yard needs to be clutter-free (and if it’s not, you need to make it that way before you do anything else). Cleaning can include pressure-washing the driveway and sidewalk, having your windows professionally cleaned, and hiring a landscaper to get rid of weeds and trim bushes.
Once your home’s exterior and your yard are both clean, you can:
- Add new house numbers and update light fixtures
- Add lights to your landscaping elements
- Bring in beautiful plants
Add New House Numbers
While it doesn’t seem like a big deal, your house numbers are part of the impression prospective buyers get when they arrive at your home. Shiny, new numbers can help contribute to a favorable impression – just make sure you’re within your HOA’s regulations and that the style you choose complements your home. While you’re at it, update your outdoor light fixtures to match (don’t forget the lights on your garage, too). If your doorbell has seen better days, replace its casing as well.
Add Lights to Your Landscaping Elements
Add a style boost to your walkway or the edges of your driveway with solar-powered light fixtures. They’re extremely affordable and easy to install – and the best part is that you get to choose which placements will highlight your yard’s best attributes.
Pro tip: Place light fixtures near custom fixtures to draw additional attention to them.
Bring in Beautiful Plants
Potted plants are most likely the way to go unless you’re investing in all-new landscaping. If you are, it may be a good idea – landscaping is one of the best returns you’ll get when you close. However, make sure you talk to your Scottsdale real estate agent before you make any major decisions; he or she will be able to provide you with guidance about what’s selling in your neighborhood and what’s not.
At a loss for what to use? Check out this desert plant checklist.
Curve leaf yucca
Ghost plant succulent
Golden barrel cactus
Mexican feather grass