Whether you are hoping to sell your Indianapolis, IN home or it’s summer and you just want an excuse to be outdoors and dig in the dirt, sprucing up your landscaping can be a wise investment. Sophisticated landscaping with large plants can increase a home’s value by as much as 12.7%. But what are your options if you are trying to make every dollar stretch as far as possible? There are ways to make your yard look more inviting on a budget.
Mulch—for free. Mulch can freshen up a flowerbed and save you time and money (less weeding and watering). Save by snagging free mulch. In Indianapolis, IN call the Indianapolis Power & Light Company at (317) 261-8128. Surrounding communities check with your town to see what is offered.
Prune, trim, pull. Simple pruning, trimming, and weeding can make your yard appear tidy and more attractive. It’s an instant makeover for your yard. For a cheap and environmentally friendly weed killer mix a gallon of white vinegar, 1-2 cups of salt, and a squeeze of dish detergent. It works just as well as the chemical filled weed killers.
Free can be good. One way to make your money go further is to check Craigslist.com for free or low cost plants. Garden clubs may also hold plant sales or swaps. Or ask a neighbor for a cutting from one you admire. Better yet, let them know that if they are thinning out their plants, you are happy to help them do that—and take what’s no longer needed.
Love your lawn. A freshly cut lawn always looks and smells great. And it can look even more elegant if it’s “striped” using an attachment added to a lawnmower.
Lighten it up. Try outdoor lighting. For as little as $50 you can add security and light up your outdoor spaces. If you use LED bulbs they won’t attract bugs.
Ask the experts. Have questions about choosing plants or helping the ones you already have thrive? Expert help may be available for free through your local cooperative extension program or through your local nursery.
If you are sprucing up your yard to sell your Indianapolis, IN home, let a local expert help you out. Selling a home is an exciting and complex adventure. We pride ourselves in being local experts and would love to help you sell your home. Contact an Indianapolis, IN real estate agent when you are ready!
Rodney & Amanda Heard
Heard Real Estate Team