3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Yard to Sell Your Home in Scottsdale

3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Yard to Sell Your Home in Scottsdale

  • 06/10/19
If you’re like many people who are selling a home in Scottsdale, you know that curb appeal is the first half of the battle – and that means sprucing up your yard so that buyers get a fantastic first impression. While grass is incredibly attractive, especially in the American Southwest, sometimes it’s just not feasible to lay fresh sod in the entire yard. You may need to invest in xeriscaping, use walkways and pathways, or put up some bold design features to increase visual appeal in your yard.

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3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Yard to Sell Your Home in Scottsdale

For most people, simplicity sells – but attractive simplicity. Check out these ideas to get inspired for your own outdoor living space:
  • Careful xeriscaping
  • Charming walkways and paths
  • Bold design features
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Xeriscaping is the art of using vegetation on a pebble- or rock-based foundation. It’s a really popular way to landscape in Scottsdale, and you’ve probably seen it in several yards in your own neighborhood. Xeriscaping is typically really easy to keep up with – just pull weeds as necessary – and make sure you’re using desert-friendly plants that need minimal attention.
Some of the best plants for xeriscaping include:
  • Moss rose
  • Ice plant
  • Thyme
  • Candytuft
  • Lavender
  • Russian sage
  • Wormwood
  • Lyme grass
  • Lamb’s ears
  • Woolly yarrow
  • Prairie dropseed
  • Little bluestream
  • Blue grama
When you plant, make sure you’re using compost and grit – materials that are friendly to the plants you’re putting in.

Pro tip: Even if you’re planting drought-resistant plants, you’ll still need to give them ample water until they’re established. You can pull back on the irrigation once the plants are well-rooted in the ground.
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Charming Walkways and Paths

People love looking at usable outdoor space, and having it can actually help you sell your home. Use pavers to create charming walkways through your xeriscaped yard, perhaps leading to a beautiful bench or other bold design feature (more on that next).

Simple patios and walkways are ideal for courtyards surrounded by a variety of plants. If you do have a patio, make sure it’s well-furnished with outdoor living accoutrements – buyers love knowing that their indoor living space will extend outdoors if they buy a certain home.

Related: Complete desert plant guide for landscaping

Bold Design Features

You don’t have to invest in a massive fountain to create a bold design feature for your yard – although you can. (Just make sure you talk to your real estate agent if you intend to take it with you when you leave; some things are supposed to stay with the house, and the bigger and more permanently attached they are, the more likely your buyers will expect you to leave them.)
Popular design features in outdoor living spaces include:
  • Zen gardens
  • Fountains (large and small)
  • Ponds
  • Large decorative rocks
  • Sculptures (especially natural-looking sculptures)
  • Fire pits
  • Bridges over dry riverbeds
  • Potted plants (a mix of large and small)

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