You Only Get One First Impression

You only get one first impression. When it comes to selling your home the first impression is most important. As a Realtor, I can’t tell you how many times I have pulled up in front of a house for the client to say, “Let’s not look at this one”. Why?  It could be a number of reasons but it usually starts with the first impression of the exterior.

    As we start to look towards the fall and cooler weather, this is a great time to start thinking about your lawn. Those who know me know I love to work in my yard. I’m always interested in articles on the subject no matter what time of the year. Due to the hard winter. All the heavy snow and all the pine trees we had in our yard we had major landscaping work we needed to do this past Spring.Before photo

   I have found that a great place to turn when you have questions about your yard is Garden Editor Mike McGrath with WTOP. Mike  has a section on WTOP called Garden Plots. In his August 12, 2010 issue “Great Year For Crabgrass”  Mike says that the perfect time to repair truly summer-damaged turf is here. “So if your lawn is more than half weeds (or more than half dead) here are some things you can do.  Till it up, rake away old weeds, put down compost then seed.”   I have done a lot of re-seeding this year and I find that if you work the seeds in to the compost it helps the grass to grow even better. This is a little more work but worth it.

   Mike goes on to say that “anytime over the next month is the perfect window to replace or over seed it. Do not wait until spring. Spring seeding of cool-season grasses does not work.”  Mike gives you tips on what type of grass you should use where. Grass seed isn’t created equally. So be sure when you speed the money and time to make your lawn look good that you are using the correct type.

   So you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t need to seed. Mike says, “you still need to feed. It's easy. And you'll have the greenest, happiest lawn in the neighborhood”.after photo

   So if you are thinking about selling your home come Spring this is the best time to start thinking about those first impressions. You could have the best looking home on the interior. You may even have gold plated toilets seats. The problem is that unless the home is appealing to the eye on the exterior those ready and willing buyers will just pass you by.

Be sure to check out additional articles by Garden Editor, Mike McGrath

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You Only Get One First Impression
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You only get one first impression. When it comes to selling your home the first impression is most important. As a Realtor, I can’t tell you how many times I have pulled up in front of a house for the client to say, “Let’s not look at this one”. Why… more