Whether you like it or not, your curb appeal or the lack thereof is what’s going to make that first and lasting impression for a potential new buyer. So why is it that landscaping is the last item homeowners often think of during the selling process?
Most people don’t realize that proper landscaping can add 10-15% to your home’s value? So if your home is valued at $250,000, effective landscape improvements could potentially add another $25,000 or more in value!
Below are several quick and easy landscaping tips to improve your curb appeal and potentially help sell your home in a timelier manner.
- Lawn Area – A nice green lawn can often attract new buyers however; if your lawn and shrubbery are out of control, brown or infested with weeds, it may also sour a buyer’s opinion of your home. If your grass is beyond repair, you might also consider laying sod at least along the front of the property. Buyers often view the outside appearance of a home as an indicator of how the rest of the home has been maintained
- Mulch-Over – Often areas around garden beds appear worn and dull and adding mulch is a quick and inexpensive way to make your landscape and green areas stand out. Mulch can also be applied quickly and easily if you need a quick spruce-up before showing your home to potential new buyers.
- Power Washing – Short of a new paint job an inexpensive way to spoof up your exterior is to give it a good power washing. This includes power washing the drive, sidewalks, exterior of the home, and any other surfaces that may appear a little on the dingy side.
- Light it Up – Often in the decision making process buyers will drive by your home in the evening to get a feel for the warmth of your home at night. It’s easy to warm up that nighttime feeling by adding low voltage lighting along the driveway, sidewalks, near landscape or hardscape features you’d like to spotlight, or even around a patio, deck, or pool to create a more inviting space.
Improving your home’s overall curb appeal can increase your home’s value, create a great first impression, and also provide a great incentive for buyers to want to see the interior of your home as well. So it’s easy to see that taking care of and improving your landscaping is well worth a little time and effort.
I hope you found this helpful and if you have any additional questions, thoughts, or comments please leave them down below.
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