Curb Appeal = $$$ When Selling Your Home

Are you planning on selling your home in the next year? How about within the next 5 years? Before selling your home, you need to take into consideration the curb appeal of your home. The curb appeal is basically how your house looks from the street. Here are what the experts have to say about how much of an impact curb appeal has on selling your home.

A good landscaping plan and design can increase the value of a home by as much as 10 to 12 percent. Conversely, a bad landscape design or a yard that has gone by the wayside can decrease the value of the home significantly. I have found the the return on investment (ROI) can be anywhere from 15 to 1,000% on investment in landscaping.

– Chris Lambton, Landscape Designer and host of the HGTV show “Backyard Transformations”

Landscaping is such an important part of the overall home. People make a decision on whether or not they like a home in just the first eight seconds of being there, and that obviously starts outside.

– Adriana O’Toole of RE/MAX Village Square, Montclair, New Jersey

They say first impressions are lasting impressions and that is the same with houses as well as people. Most potential home buyers are not even going to get out of the car if the outside of the house does not look clean and well maintained. Often, if the lawn and landscaping are in poor condition and show signs of neglect, house hunters will assume that the inside of the house has not been well maintained either.

On the flip-side, you don’t want a landscape that looks like it will cost a lot of time and money to maintain. Ideally, you want the landscape to be relatively low-maintenance and in sync with the home and neighborhood. Your landscaping doesn’t need to be the best in the neighborhood, but you can’t afford it to be the worst, or even close to the worst. At a bare minimum, your landscaping needs to reflect the level of curb appeal of the average home in your neighborhood.

Here are some elements that will definitely catch the attention of potential home buyers.

• Strong design elements that are either formal or informal based on the shape of the property and architecture of the house.
• Well defined plant beds with a moderate verity of shrubs and flowering plants.
• Walkways (especially the one leading to the front door) that are attractive and inviting
• A lawn that is thick and green with relatively few weeds.

Fixing up your lawn and landscaping to attract house hunters is always a wise investment. A mature landscape always looks better than one that was just installed, so even if you are not planning to sell your house for a few years, it is a good idea to plan ahead and start getting the lawn and landscaping ready. If you are going to invest the time and effort, you might as well get a chance to enjoy it to.

A beautiful lawn and landscape will help your house sell sooner and you will get a better price for it. That’s what I call a win-win scenario! So what are you waiting for? Contact us today for your free consultation!