Staying or Leaving: Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

March 23rd 2017
Glen Goldberg

Time to Increase Your Curb Appeal

Mother Nature may be unable to decide if it is spring, but Father Time says the prime real estate season is right around the corner. If you are planning a move this year, consider your home’s curb appeal. According to a National Association of Realtors survey, curb appeal is essential to 71 percent of home buyers when choosing their next home. Landscaping is a large part of that curb appeal.

When selling your home, landscaping determines whether your home feels inviting. Excellent curb appeal signals prospective buyers that this may be their next home. Buyers may not even care enough to look inside without a good first impression. Curb appeal is an essential factor in your home appraisal as well. So whether you are selling or refinancing, paying attention to the details is critical.

A landscaping investment could pay a 215 percent return in home value. While you may only recoup 68 percent of kitchen renovation fees, landscaping is money well-spent.

Make A Great First Impression

Take a frank appraisal of your home from the prospective buyer’s viewpoint. Your lawn should be healthy, edged, and mowed regularly.

  • Dead branches should be removed from trees; any crowding your home must be cut back. This will look tidier and allow more sunlight into the yard.
  • Landscape beds need a thorough spring cleaning, removing any winter debris, removing weeds, a crisp bed edge cut, and adding a fresh layer of mulch for a professional finish.
  • Tweak your existing landscape. Remove shrubs past their prime and replace them with colorful flowering shrubs or evergreens.
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That first outstanding impression is essential to draw potential buyers inside and sends a signal. If they don’t like the looks of the front of the house, which is mainly landscaping, often they won’t even go inside.

A poorly tended landscape makes prospective buyers think of clutter and high maintenance. This is not the message you want to send. First impressions should make them want to see themselves in that yard. A few simple fixes will help to increase the appraisal of your home.

A landscaping investment could pay a 215 percent return in home value. While you may only recoup 68 percent of kitchen renovation fees, landscaping is money well-spent.

Let Us Be of Assistance

While the Realtor opens the lockbox, buyers will look around at the landscaping. Whether you are selling or staying, our designers can bring out the best of your existing landscape, tweak it to make it look brand new, and add value and enjoyment.