When you prepare your Las Vegas Home for Sale, even if you haven’t really researched the art of “staging,” you instinctively know that the interior of your house should look well lit, neat and clean, with shined appliances, well-organized closets, vacuumed carpets, polished tile and counter tops, neatly arranged furniture groupings, and, of course, no clutter. Same goes for the garage; cleaned up oil stains and an uncluttered appearance.
But, what about your home’s exterior? Aside from having the paint refreshed or the siding steam cleaned, etc., many people pay little or no attention to the importance of landscaping, other then being aware that the lawn should be mowed and reseeded if there are any dead spots.
It’s important to remember that the potential buyer’s first impression of your home is what is seen from the outside, a feature of the home known in real estate lingo as “curb appeal.”
No matter what the interior of the home looks like, the buyer’s immediate impression of a home that is beautifully landscaped will make the buyer want to look more closely at the property.
Shrubbery planted close to the homes foundation, for example, in particular shrubs that are planted in front of windows, should not be allowed to grow high enough to obscure the view, for two reasons; shrubs that obscure windows make rooms darker and less inviting, and shrubs that obscure windows can make good cover for thieves who can work at prying open a window without being observed.
Similarly, thickly planted groupings of trees and shrubs should not be so close to the home’s foundation as to obscure a clear view of the front and garage doors from the street. Those kinds of groupings can not only hide the homes best features and make the appearance claustrophobic but again make perfect hiding places for bad guys.
From a buyers’ point of view, a home obscured by a dense forest of shrubs and trees could elicit a response such as, “why should I buy it if I can’t see it?”
Well-kept and colorful flower beds make a nice touch, as do strategically placed potted plants and flowers around the home’s entrance and the patio.
Don’t forget the back yard as well. The back yard doesn’t have to be lavishly landscaped, just neat. A play area for the kids is nice, a few trees and neatly trimmed shrubs, and healthy, mowed grass will look fine.
If your yard is walled and backs on to a busy street, there is an evergreen shrub called Pyracantha that is ideally suited to our desert climate, -being drought resistant and not affected by hot winds- and is a perfect addition to the backyard landscaping, providing both privacy and safety.
Grown as espaliers on fences or walls, it features small white flowers in the spring, and its berries will attract birds in the fall months. Pyracantha provides privacy, and helps stifle noise pollution with its dense, glossy green foliage, and safety due to its long, needle sharp thorns.
When planting be aware that Pyracantha can reach fifteen feet in height and ten feet in width. Don’t forget to teach the kids to stay away. The family dog will learn quickly on its own.