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Getting The Yard Ready to Sell Your Home in Sugar Land, TX

As recently seen in Money magazine– There’s no better place to build sweat equity in your Sugar Land property than outdoors. Fort Bend County has rich soil and vegetation grows well, even in the heat of summer. One can’t overlook the value of curb appeal when offering a Sugar Land home for sale, so consider these home value improvement ideas by Prime Properties, a sugar Land area real estate agency.

You could end up paying a high-end landscape contractor $5,000 or more to remodel a typical suburban yard. But, if you can handle a shovel, hose, and wheelbarrow, then, you have the physical skills necessary to change your curb appeal and likely the property value of your home.

Getting the design right is the hardest part. Here’s how you might achieve that “well put together” look on your own:

1. Enlarge the Beds

Make sure to widen the beds to at least four (4) to (6) feet from the foundation of your home. This will allow you to add taller plants in the back near the house, then medium sized plants in the middle and finish out with colorful plants near the ground in the front row. Use color, but don’t get carried away with too many colors. Stick to three or four colors at the most. See more below.

Be sure to add new soil in order to make sure those new plants will grow. That means the dark, compost like material that costs about 25% more, but in the long run the plants will take hold and really “pop” to the potential purchaser looking at the yard. Then finish off with a dark rich mulch on top to help the new soil retain moisture and keep out the weeds.

2. Foliage

Add new plants and replace those oversized or drab plants with new shrubs. Perennials arranged two or three deep and then smaller plants placed in front of larger ones ( be sure to check the mature size listed on the label ).

Look for plants with red, purple, or multicolored leaves, as well as a variety of textures, from fine light-green needles to broad dark-green fronds. Take your time and alternate the plants that have different shapes. Some may be conical and others chunky, like the hydrangea.

3. Accent the architecture

Create a focal point using a large shrub, but don’t just plunk it in the middle of the yard. Instead, place it in line with a structural element of the property, such as a corner of the house, garage, or lot. Crepe myrtles are great for our Texas weather and look just wonderful most of the year.

4. Trim with technique

When it comes to caring for your plants, don’t use electric clippers as they tend to carve bushes into perfect geometric shapes. Always cut the branches to slightly varied lengths one by one using a hand tool you’ll get a more natural, flattering look.

Have fun gardening – Once the outside is ready – then get the inside of your home ready for showings. Watch for tips on “Getting Your Home Ready to Market” – coming soon!


Prime Properties is a Sugar Land area residential and commercial real estate brokerage firm serving Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston. It is headed by Broker, Mike Harness and veteran Sugar Land area Realtors, Sherry Miles and Stephanie Nelson. For more information on Prime Properties, visit for contact form, phone and email information.

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