Curb appeal is a popular real estate catchphrase, but what does it really mean? Generally speaking, curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of a property from its street view—meaning, not including the interior at all. It can refer to the home’s paint job, door, driveway, gutters, roof and, of course, landscaping. Typically, unless a buyer is looking for a fixer-upper, good curb appeal is hugely important to a house that’s on the market.
Landscaping can dramatically increase a home’s curb appeal. Whether your budget is large or small, investing in landscaping can help your home sell faster and increase the value of the property. A house with weeds, a brown lawn, untamed grass, unwieldy bushes, and no plants is unattractive to buyers and could signal that there are other problems in the home as well.
It’s hard to put an exact dollar amount on your landscaping’s ROI—it depends on factors such as comparable homes in the neighborhood, for example—but it never hurts to put some money and a little elbow grease into your home’s exterior.
Easy landscaping fixes to increase curb appeal
When selling your home, ask your real estate agent to rate your house’s curb appeal. If it is in particularly bad shape or if you have a very large yard, you might consider hiring a professional.
Here are some quick fixes you can make yourself:
- Weed the garden
- Mow the lawn
- Plant a few flower beds, or purchase pre-planted pots
- Trim bushes and hedges
- Prune overgrown trees
- Water the grass and flowers
- Bring in fresh mulch
Chances are, you can do this work over the course of a day and with a trip or two to your local home improvement store. Even gardening novices can handle basic landscaping tasks.
Larger landscaping projects
You might consider more expensive landscaping projects if:
- You are not planning on selling right away
- The other homes in your neighborhood have particularly impressive landscaping
- You are in a high-end, luxury neighborhood
- You have a troublesome pest problem
In these cases, you can consider:
- Replacing your front walkway
- Adding or updating fencing
- Adding front lighting
- Installing curbing/edging
- Hiring a lawn/landscaper/pest control company
Again, consult your agent to see what might be most appropriate for your home and the neighborhood.
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