When a person wants to sell their home, they often look for projects to do and improvements to make to increase home value. They may make improvements in the kitchen, or touch up any paint that needs attention, they may declutter or hire professional cleaners, all in an attempt to make their home more appealing to the buyer. People often neglect to take a good hard look at their landscaping and see what improvements need to be made. According to the Bob Vila website, “A professionally landscaped property is a sure ticket to quick resale. It gives a home curb appeal, a sense of place and value. ‘It’s the first thing you see,’ says Joan Honeyman of Honeyman Landscape Architecture in Washington DC. That first impression can add 20 percent to your home’s value, a figure that rivals the return on a new kitchen or bath.” When making landscape improvements that will impact home value it is important to have a plan. Making improvements that will truly impact home value requires more than simply putting plants in the ground. Buyers look for sophisticated design. The biggest mistake many homeowners make is to add a piece of landscaping at a time without having a cohesive plan. The overall appearance and perceived value will be much greater if landscaping is planned out before making any changes. If you feel like landscaping is not your area of expertise, you can always hire a professional landscaper to help create and execute a landscape plan that will increase your home value.
When selling your home, you want to sell it as quickly as possible and you want to make the most money possible. It is important to not only look at the interior of your home and the physical structure but also the landscaping. A recent report from The Appraisal Institute emphasizes the importance of landscape improvements. “’If landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and reduce a home’s time on the market,’ said Appraisal Institute President Richard L Borges II, MAI, SRA. ‘But if the change is negative, it can lower the price and lengthen the time a home remains for sale.’ Curb appeal is essential when selling a home, Borges said, noting it’s the homeowner’s opportunity to make a great first impression. A home with lackluster landscaping or an exterior in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint will likely be unappealing to prospective buyers and ultimately could affect the home’s potential resale value, he said.” Landscaping can make or break a home sale and has direct impact on home value. It is incredibly important to make any necessary landscaping changes or upgrades before selling your home. By doing this, you will get the best price for your home.