Yard Staging Projects That Can Help Sell Your House

When it comes to selling your house, first impressions really matter.  If you are spending time to ensure the inside of your home is in pristine condition, you should also put some time and effort into making your yard look great too. After some hard work in the yard, your efforts can pay off. But what to-dos will reap the most reward? Here are some yard staging projects that can help sell your house.

#1: Lawn clean-up.
Imagine driving up to a home that you’re thinking about buying and seeing that the lawn is overgrown and full of weeds. Not the greatest first impression, is it? If you have grass in your yard, potential buyers will notice how it’s taken care of. Be sure to keep it cut short and invest in having a landscape team professionally edge it.

#2: Goodbye, clutter.
The outside of your home should look as clean and tidy as possible. Stash kids toys and bikes in the garage or in a shed, get rid of any personal belongings that are out front, and move your garbage cans and other recycling products to the side of the home or to the back where it’s not as visible. Don’t forget that the porch or front doorway entry is where the realtor and potential buyers will be standing when they are getting the key from the lockbox, so the area should be clean and welcoming.

#3: Hello, color.
Head over to your local garden center and stock up on flowers to brighten up your yard, as well as your walkways. Use large pots and other hanging baskets for added color around your front doorway, porch, or patio. New bark dust can also freshen the space and help reduce weed growth. A little bit of color goes a long way and if you invest in perennial flowers, the new owners will be able to enjoy the beauty in future years.

Remember that your yard is part of the overall ambiance of your home. When prospective buyers see your home, think about what memorable impression you want them to have. The better the home shows, the better chance you have to sell your home with ease.

Ready to talk through listing your home this fall? I have more than two decades of experience as a Realtor® and can help you start the process and can provide tips on the whole process, including what you should do to get your interior and exterior ready. I love working with people around Clark County and am glad to help you with the information you need to start your adventure.


Posted on August 7, 2018 at 11:06 pm
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Winter Gardening Tips


The warm days of summer are long gone and the frost of winter is now part of our everyday routine. But just because the weather is cold, doesn’t mean you need to give up on your gardening routines. Here are some helpful winter gardening tips that will help keep your garden growing all winter long.

Tip #1: Keep your plants for becoming frozen.
January and February are some of the coldest months of the year in the Pacific Northwest, so be sure to protect them from frost and frozen temperatures. If you have herbs that you’re growing, keep them undercover or near the house if they’re in containers. If you have grape vines or wisteria growing, be sure to prune them back. If you have other container plants, you can cover them with a frost cloth or other heat retentive blanket that will keep them from dying.

Tip #2: Grow plants that can easily endure the cold weather.
Lettuce, kale, chives, parsley, and cabbage can all withstand the cold days of winter quite well. Evergreen boxwood hedges, witch hazel, and winterberry are all easy to grow and withstand winter easily.  They also add greenery and color to an otherwise gray and sometimes bleak winter landscape.

Tip #3: Continue to plant.
As long as the ground is soft enough to dig a hole, you can still plant throughout the winter. Be sure to add mulch and compost, too. This will help keep root temperatures stable and the compost will help provide organic nutrients to the soil that are important to keep the plants growing well.

You don’t need to worry about maintaining a regular watering cycle, either. When the ground is not frozen and it’s dry, watering once a week is usually all that’s required. Maintaining a healthy garden and yard isn’t impossible in frigid temperatures. In fact, it’s a great way to stay busy, while getting outside and enjoying some brisk fresh air. Keeping your garden growing will keep your yard looking great and before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about all of the new growth that will happen once springtime rolls around!

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm
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Yard Maintenance Tips for Fall

Autumn is officially here! This time of year in the Pacific Northwest is truly one of the most beautiful. Leaves are turning, the sun is shining, and there is a slight bite of crisp cold in the air. This time of year is also a great time to improve the look of your lawn and yard plants or shrubs. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your yard maintained this fall season.

Tip #1: Fertilize your lawn & eliminate weeds.
Fertilizing your grass during the autumn months will help it stay healthy. Choose a fertilizer that has plenty of nitrogen in it and be sure to follow the directions carefully so you don’t over fertilize. In addition, pull out any weeds that you see and if you need to, use an herbicide on them. This will kill broadleaf weeds without damaging your grass. Follow label directions carefully, however, because some can be dangerous for surrounding plants and animals. If you need to reseed your lawn, fall is a good time to do this. That will give it a head start on spring growing.

Tip #2: Keep mowing.
Keep mowing your grass throughout the autumn months. You can mow once a week until the grass has stopped growing, then you can stop for the year. If you have grass that is underneath or near deciduous trees, put your mower on mulching mode. This will allow the grass and leaves to be chopped up finely, saving you time on big raking jobs.

Tip #3: Plant bulbs.
Fall is the time to plant various flower bulbs like tulips, crocus, hyacinths, and other popular spring flowers. You should plant most bulbs by late October, but tulips can be planted as late as November.

Tip #4: Protect fragile plants or flower bushes.
When the weather gets really wet, icy, or frozen, your plants and flowers will feel it! So take precaution and research how to protect your specific plants during these months. For example, if you have flower bushes like modern hybrid roses, they can be damaged fairly easily because of their fragility. To protect them, wrap the stems with a wire cylinder and fill it with light mulch and mound soil over the plants central crown. 

The weeks ahead are the perfect time to head outside and get some yard work done! Head out there now and start preparing your yard for the change in season.

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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How spring cleaning and de-cluttering can help you sell your home

Have you enjoyed the amazing days of warm, spring-like weather that we’ve had? It has been uncharacteristic of this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, so it has been a real treat! With spring on its way and our clocks officially set forward, do you feel the urge to purge and clean out your home and garage. If you’re considering selling, spring cleaning and decluttering your home will help you greatly when it comes to listing your home.  

Pay attention to the details.
Details make all the difference when it comes to making your home look and feel clean to both you and potential homebuyers at a showing. One of the most important things that prospective homebuyers notice when they first walk into a home is smell. So, if you’re cleaning your home, try to avoid harsh chemical odors or strong perfume style fragrances that can overwhelm. Instead, use products that help neutralize odors in the home and be sure that your carpets, upholstery and air ducts are recently cleaned. In addition, if you do choose to use home fragrances, choose mild scents that are comforting and familiar.

Maintain the outside.
After a long winter of rain and colder weather, it’s easy to let the outside maintenance of your front or back yard go to the wayside a little bit. When buyers first see the outside of your home, they will instantly form a first impression.  Be sure that the lawn is mowed, edged, and leaves and other outside debris or clutter is picked up before each home showing.

Clutter, be gone!
If you’ve been in your home for any number of years, you know how clutter can build up around your home. Tackle each room one by one, no matter how long it takes and get rid of everything that isn’t a necessity. If there are things you want to keep but don’t need access too, find some decorative boxes or some other storage solution to keep them handy but tucked away from sight.

Whether you have already listed your home or you’re considering that spring is the right time to get the paperwork started to put your home on the market, your home will look better, feel more spacious, and be ready to go if you follow some of these helpful hints.

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 4:28 pm
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