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Lighting is important when selling your home in any season. During the summer give your walkway an edge with solar light fixtures, which are affordable and a cinch to install, says Rick Hoffman, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of San Diego County and Temecula Valley. “Solar lights are inexpensive, and you can place them where they highlight your home’s best attributes – landscaping, walking paths and any custom fixtures.”


Simple curb appeal

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First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind when preparing your home for sale.

1. Act like a buyer. Walk around your home with a note pad and write down all the things that need to be clean, fixed or updated.

2. Make sure to check your roof and shingles, this can be a big selling point for potential buyers

3. House numbers: Make sure your house numbers are clean, visible and easy to read.

4. Pressure wash, Make sure to clean side walks, driveways and decks

5. Paint, if your front door is rusted make sure to paint it.

Best flowers to plant

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When selling your home and creating the best curb appeal, one of the easiest way to boost the curb appeal is by planting flowers. Below are some of the best flowers to plant.

1. Roses,  Roses have a universal appeal to homeowners, even those that aren’t into gardening. Although old-fashioned and heirloom roses look stunning with their cabbage-sized blooms and sweet perfume, the installation of a few modern ever-blooming roses is a smart choice when preparing to sell a home.

2. Lavender,  Not all of us are lucky enough to live in Provence, but we can import the famous lavender flowers famous in the south of France to our gardens. Not only will your lavender flowers woo home shoppers with their glorious scent, you can tell admirers that the blossoms are edible too, lending a delicate perfume to honey and sorbet. Lavender needs little else besides full sun and well-drained soil to grow.

3. Tulips, These “dig and done” flowers can be your secret weapon if you have a planting window in the fall before you put your house on the market. Although tulips are a spring-blooming flower, the season can be stretched over a period of several weeks by planting a selection of early, mid, and late blooming tulips

4. Hydrangeas, From Toronto to Texas, there’s a hydrangea that will welcome house hunters to your property. Plant a compact type like ‘Bombshell’ by your front door, or anchor the corner of your landscape with the large shrub ‘Grandiflora.’  Blue varieties need acidic soil to produce blue flowers, so keep some aluminum sulfate on hand if your hydrangea flowers are more pink than you would like.

5. Sunflowers, A sunflower patch ties together a cottage garden the way few other flowers can. In addition to making a strong floral statement from a distance, you can use sunflowers to screen an unattractive utility box or air conditioning unit. Sunflowers grow in all climates, but you need to give these plants time to mature when starting from seed; giant types may take four months to flower.

Tips on grass care

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Here are some great grass care tips to make sure your lawn is in its best shape for selling your home. Summer heat can take a toll on turf, especially when your lawn care program falls short. If you mow too low, water too much or too little, or ignore early signs of pests, your grass could quickly become lackluster or even die in small or large patches. Keep your lawn looking its best all summer long by mastering these 10 summer care tips.

1. Mow at the right height.
In summer, adjust your mower height to leave grass taller. Taller grass shades soil, which reduces water evaporation, leads to deeper roots and prevents weed seeds from germinating. Ideal mowing height varies with grass type. Time mowings so you’re never removing more than one-third of the leaf surface at a time.

2. Water properly.
For the healthiest grass, water your lawn deeply and infrequently. Check with your local water authority or Cooperative Extension office for recommended irrigation schedules. Discover tips on how much water a lawn needs. Learn the basics of lawn watering.

3. Treat for grubs.
Japanese beetles, June bugs (beetles) and European chafers lay eggs in grass in early to midsummer. Eggs hatch into grubs in mid- to late summer. Timing varies by beetle and region. Check with your local Cooperative Extension office to determine the best time to put down grub control.

4. Clean up after your pooch.
The family dog can cause dead spots on a lawn. If you see dying grass due to your dog’s urination, flush the area with water to dilute the urine in soil. The best solution is to create a mulched or pebbled area and train your dog to use that area for bathroom breaks. Also, keep waste picked up and dispose of it properly.

5. Avoid parking on the grass.
Driving or parking on the lawn is never a good idea. It leads to soil compaction, which can cause a host of other problems, including dead grass. During drought or times of excessive heat, it’s even wise to limit foot traffic on grass to avoid damaging turf crowns.