Tips for Selling a Home that Backs to a Busy Street
If you have a home that backs up to a busy street (or just want more privacy), consider implementing some of these tips to make your yard an oasis for yourself, and prevent headaches when marketing and selling your home!
If you anticipate being in the home for several years, be strategic with your landscaping and plant trees! Check out your options at the CSU Extension link here – it will give you great information on what trees thrive in Colorado, what their needs are, and perhaps most importantly for this discussion, how fast they grow. Evergreens are always a good choice, since they maintain their foliage year-round, but there are some good fast-growing deciduous options as well if you prefer that type of tree. Trees can block sightlines to give more privacy, act as a noise baffle, and help clean the air in your yard, especially important if you back up to a road!
Other Landscaping Ideas
If you can’t wait long enough for trees to grow in, consider investing in ornamental grasses. These can have some of the same benefits of trees, and some species are very fast growers – some reaching 15 feet in height. As an additional bonus, many species are drought-tolerant!
This might go without saying – but even if you don’t have kids or pets, many buyers will have both. Make sure your fencing is in good repair, and is safe and secure for furry friends. If your yard is secure and move-in-ready buyers will have one less thing to worry about.
Add a Water Feature
Beyond adding a nice ambiance to your yard, a water feature can encourage wildlife like birds to visit, and cover traffic noise. Just remember: bigger isn’t always better. Large water features can be intimidating for buyers because of the level of care involved, and you don’t want it to be too noisy for comfortable conversation.
Outdoor Living Spaces
If you are building a deck or outdoor living spaces while you live in the home, be strategic about where you locate them. If you already have an existing deck or patio, there are many options that can block sightlines that don’t require a building permit – think pergolas, trellises, or arbors. Climbing roses, trumpet vines, and hops are all good options (just make sure to review toxicity for pets if you have an indiscriminate eater!)
Whether you are selling your home or enjoying your yard for years to come, being mindful when planning landscaping can make a huge difference! Would you like to know what your home is worth in the current market? Give us a call!