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LANDSCAPING TO IMPROVE RESALE: AT DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS

SOURCE:  realtytimes.com

“As the weather starts to heat up, so too does the housing market.  Spring is an optimal time to get your house ready to sell.  The first thing that potential buyers will see of your home is the landscaping, so make a great first impression with beautiful outdoor spaces.  An investment in landscaping can help sell your home faster and for more money.  There are simple projects at every price point that can help you achieve great curb appeal.

INEXPENSIVE: 

  • Keep the lawn well manicured.  In Spring, your lawn is given a boost by Mother Nature.  Wet, mild spring weather will help the lawn stay green with less effort – but be sure to mow and edge it often.
  • Keep your yard weed-free.  May not cost much, but will require some time and effort.  A weed-free yard will help potential buyers feel confident that the home is well cared for.
  • Add flower pots near your front door.  A splash of color in the yard is a great way to highlight your home, especially if you don’t have much extra money for more extensive landscaping.

MODERATE:

  • Add outdoor lighting.  Outdoor lighting has become a trendy feature that buyers have embraced.  It can add interest to your yard, highlight areas of landscaping, and make your home stand out at all times of the day.  Solar lights are particularly easy to use because they will recharge during the day and automatically come on in the evening to illuminate your home
  • Install curbing/edging.  It  helps the landscaping appear crisp and clean, and makes your lawn easier to mow and trim.
  • Hire a law or pest control company.  It is important when selling a home to make sure that there aren’t any obvious problems.  Dead or patchy lawns, or pest problems like spiders, mice, etc. will need to be gotten under control, but may be beyond the scope of the individual homeowner.  Professional services may be limited to a one-time visit that can quickly improve the chances of selling your home.

HIGH-END:

  • Create outdoor living areas.  If you have money to  invest in your home, high-end landscaping projects can increase your bottom line and draw attention from buyers looking for upgrades.  An extra living area outside is a huge attention grabber that attracts buyers.  This could range from simple patios staged with outdoor furniture, to screened-in porches, to full outdoor kitchen areas.  Depending on your location, these upgrade projects may or may not be worth the investment, so do your research before proceeding.
  • Replace or update fencing.  Fences provide a safe place for children and pets and also given homeowners a feeling of privacy, so they are highly sought after.  Fencing is also one of the first things people see when coming to your home.  If your fence is an eyesore, it would be worth the effort to have it replaced or fixed up.  New fencing is quite expensive, so first determine if your fence can be spruced up with some nails and a new coat of paint.
  • Hire a professional landscaper.  If you are serious about creating a stunning yard, you can make your  home one-of-a-kind.  A landscaper can help you add impressive things like paving stone walkways, decorative retaining walls, and water features.  These projects definitely increase home values, but it is always good to know what the market will support in your area before moving forward.

No matter how much money you have to invest in your home’s landscaping, there are projects you can do this Spring to improve your home’s curb appeal and get it noticed by buyers.

SOURCE:  Daniel M. Christensen for realtytimes.com  IMAGE: Pinterest

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