Everyone knows that homes with curb appeal sell faster and at often higher prices when they look good from the outside. I can't tell you how many times buyers have refused to go inside to look at a house (that they had picked out from the internet pictures) when we pulled up to an unkempt, unsightly yard. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but buyers will judge your house that way, not matter how beautiful and updated it may be on the inside.
If you're like me and have "black thumbs" instead of green ones, here is a great websites that can teach you how to jazz up the place, even if you're not ready to sell! Go to the Landscaping and Gardening section of HouseLogic.com, an award-winning, comprehensive website for homeowners. Some of my favorites on the site are how to grow beautiful flowers out of an old window frame along with easy landscaping tips that won't break the bank!