shows off just as much beauty as the rest of your home, and shows the buyer the home hasn’t been occupied by a negligent owner. However, a lawn that appears to be too high-maintenance can also be a turnoff. It’s best to go for a look that’s both neat and attractive. You don’t need to go overboard with the lawn care, but have the grass trimmed nicely and regularly check that it’s healthy. A simple garden somewhere around the perimeter of your home is also a great idea. You can plant flowers with bright colors to really lighten up and bring a joyous feeling to your lawn area. If you have a garden, or want to add a special touch to the landscape, throw down mulch in a darker color, such as a solid, dark brown. Mulch helps to neaten things up and gives the area a clean feeling; generally, mulch always looks good in any setting when set down the proper way. You can’t go wrong with mulching, as it adds great curb appeal. One thing to avoid when it comes to this area of curb appeal is having too many lawn ornaments. It’s appropriate and appealing to have one or two in your garden; however, if you have trinkets and other ornaments all over the place — especially garden gnomes — it’s going to look tacky, cluttered, and just, well, wrong . A field of lawn gnomes will limit your prospective market to lawn gnome aficionados only! Even though the buyer obviously knows that lawn ornaments don’t come with the house and the lawn, they could still hesitate and walk away, based on pure tackiness. BACKYARD APPEAL IS AS IMPORTANT AS CURB APPEAL By the time a buyer gets to the backyard, their decision already will be influenced, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on the backyard appeal. Once a buyer reaches the backyard, they will try to envision themselves relaxing in the sun, having family and friends over, and playing with their children or their pets there. Making a good impression with your backyard is crucial to a great offer.
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