How Can Landscaping Impact Your Home Value?

decorum valuationsAre you selling your home? If so, keep in mind that your home’s curb appeal or the lack thereof is what’s going to make that first and lasting impression for a potential new buyer. Unfortunately, landscaping is the last item homeowners often think about during the selling process.

In fact, most homeowners don’t realize that proper landscaping can often add 10-15% to the total value of your home? So imagine, if you’re home was valued at $350,000, effective landscaping improvements could then potentially add another $35,000 or more in value!

Below are a few quick and easy landscaping tips to improve your curb appeal and potentially help sell your home more quickly.

  • Lawn Maintenance – A lush green lawn can immediately attract new buyers however; if your lawn and shrubbery are overgrown, brown or covered with weeds, it may also sour a buyer’s opinion of your home. If your grass is simply beyond repair, you might 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.
  • Power Wash – An inexpensive way to spoof up your exterior short of a new paint job is to power wash the exterior. This includes power washing the driveway, sidewalks, exterior of the home, and any other surfaces that may appear a little on the dark side.
  • Mulch – Often areas around the garden beds appear worn and dull and adding mulch is an inexpensive way to make your landscape and green areas really stand out. In fact, mulch can be applied quickly and easily if you’re looking for a quick facelift before showing your home to potential new buyers.
  • Outdoor Lighting – Often during the decision making process buyers will drive by your home in the evening to get a feel for your home at night. It’s very easy to warm up that nighttime feeling by adding low voltage lighting along the driveway, sidewalks, near landscaping or hardscape features you’d like to highlight, or even around a deck, patio, or pool to create a more inviting space.

Improving your home’s curb appeal goes a long way towards not only increasing your home’s value and creating a great first impression, but it also provides a great incentive for potential buyers to want to see the interior of your home as well. So you can see now 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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