It’s that time of year again; just like the weather, the market is heating up. If you are thinking of selling your home you must be sure that it is show-ready to impress potential buyers. There are a lot of common misconceptions about what you should or shouldn’t do to prepare for going on the market, so here is a quick list to get you started on making the exterior of your home stand out.

DO plant heat-friendly plants

It is a good idea to spruce up the landscaping around your house. Do your research and make sure you are planting flowers that thrive in the heat. Cool weather flowers will often spring up too quickly in the hot weather, giving them a short lifespan. Some flowers that like a little extra sun are marigolds, geraniums, and several varieties of hydrangea.

DON’T water in the afternoon, or in direct sunlight

Try to adjust your schedule to avoid watering in these conditions. By watering your plants and lawn when they are in direct sunlight or during the hottest part of the day, the water will evaporate much quicker leaving less for your garden to absorb. The best time to water is in the morning, preferably when the area you are watering is still in the shade. This will allow your plants and grass to make the most of your water.

DO spread fertilizer

The grass is always greener on the other side, but it doesn’t hurt to make your side a little more green to match. Having an attractive lawn makes your home more appealing to potential buyers so make the trip to your local garden center to find the best fertilizer for your lawn type. Try to avoid spreading fertilizer in temperatures of over 90 degrees.

DON’T mow your lawn too close

It might sound nice to have a close-cut lawn, but in the long run it will cost you. Shorter grass creates shallow roots, more weeds, and is less drought-tolerant. You might have to cut more often, but cutting long will pay off in the end.
Keep an eye out for next week’s blog as we will be sharing some Do’s and Don’t for the interior of your home. If you are thinking about buying or selling your home reach out to The Laue Team today!