What to do about a really, really bad front lawn?

Asked by Jason, 30097 Sat Jun 7, 2008

I've just put my house on the market, and I think it should be appealing to a lot of buyers (It's pretty much been completely updated inside), but the glaring problem is with the front lawn. It was ugly when I bought the house four years ago, and it's gotten worse. No doubt there are far more weeds than grass, and there are several large patches of dirt. The only redeeming factor is that there are several shrubs arranged nicely along the front, and I've put new mulch around those. I tried planting grass seed, but there are severe watering restrictions here in GA, so the seedlings don't have a chance. Maybe I'm over-concerned, as the rest of the house is good...but I'm paranoid with the current market being so poor. Should I perhaps just offer a lawn service concession upfront, or just keep that for later negotiations?

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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Sat Jun 7, 2008
Hi Jason:

You are right, it is very important to give the buyers great first impression, especially in a difficult market.

If you have the means, perhaps you can redesign the front yard, get some professional advise and plant some drought resistant plants and accent it with flowering plants at strategic places.

You can then use the fact that the garden is designed with water conservation in mind as a selling point, along with the great curb appeal, hopefully it will add incentive to buyers.

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Ute Ferdig, Agent, Auburn, CA
Sat Jun 7, 2008
Hello Jason. If watering is a problem, why even bother having a lawn. It will always be a challenge and never look good. Can't you just get rid of the lawn altogether and do something else? Not knowing how big the lawn is makes it difficult to advise you. I think the exterior curb appeal is important as people buy with their eyes and some may not ever see the inside because they are turned off by the outside. What kind of a front yard do your neighbors have and have you spoken to your real estate agent about this? I think the agent would have some good suggestions as he/she has probably run into this before if water restrictions are a common thing in your area. Good luck.
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Sandy Shores, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Sat Jun 7, 2008
It's important that the outside curb appeal of the home help attract buyers through your front door. Otherwise, some potential buyers may never see your completely updated interior.

Do the other homes in your area have the same type of problem? Are all the lawns suffering or does yours really stand out? Have you considered hiring a lawn company to assess your lawn's condition and see what can be done? They can provide you with the proper products to use in your area, for your type of lawn, at this time of year.

If your lawn is a concern to you as a seller, then it will most likely be a concern to potential homebuyers, also.

Best wishes and good luck to you in the sale of your property.
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