If you're trying to sell your home, but a less-than-perfect yard is turning away potential buyers before they even get in the door, it's time to take action. You don't have to spend thousands to completely make over your backyard. Here are three little changes and updates that will make your yard more appealing to buyers. You should be able to complete these changes in a single weekend, so you move ahead with finding a buyer.
Make sure your patio is covered and basically furnished.
Buyers want to see a backyard they can picture living in. If your patio is not covered, purchase a basic, vinyl patio cover and mount it on your home, according to the instructions on the package. The patio cover not only makes your backyard look more like a living space, but it also serves as a focal point and distracts from the other not-so-desirable aspects of your yard. Companies such as Allied Awning may have a variety of patio covers to choose from.
Once you have a patio cover set up, place some basic furniture underneath it. A simple plastic table and chairs is fine -- you can probably find a used one at thrift store or yard sale if you don't have one already. If buyers think you're using the patio and yard, they'll picture themselves doing so as well.
Decorate with potted flowers.
You probably don't have time to dig up and replant all of the flower beds (though you certainly should, if you do have the time). A good alternative is to purchase some potted flowers, and set them about the yard. Place one at each corner of the patio, and maybe hang a few on your fence. Potted flowers add a splash of color to an otherwise drab yard and can help potential buyers overlook things like overgrown flower beds and a weedy lawn.
Trim any bushes.
Trimming the bushes is a rather simple task that will make your whole yard look a lot more groomed. You don't have to be an expert to give a bush a basic trim. Simply trim off any branches that are taller than the height you want the shrub to be, ensuring that you trim evenly so the bush does not end up lopsided. Aim to remove no more than 1/3 of the branches, or you risk damaging the bush.
By setting up a basic patio, displaying some colorful flowers, and trimming the bushes, you can make your yard more presentable to buyers. It won't be perfect -- but it will be good enough to at least get some people in the door to look at your home.