You’ve thought about it long and hard. You even went to the local nursery and looked around for a bit before deciding to wait until next year. But now, next year is here, and you’re getting ready to sell. The question remains: to landscape or not to landscape?
Well, let me help you out. Landscaping is one of the surest ways of selling your home much faster and for top dollar. In fact, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey, 71% of homebuyers cited curb appeal as one of the more important aspects when deciding on a home.
But it gets even better; various studies have revealed that landscaping can add another 12 to 15 percent to the value of a home. In dollars and cents, that could potentially add an extra $10,000 to $20,000 or more of those crisp green bills in your pocket. Now, how’s that for having a green thumb?
Right now, you’re probably thinking as most people do at the start. Landscaping? Expensive! And a lot of work! Here’s the thing, landscaping is like everything else in life. Yes, it can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. More so, it certainly doesn’t have to feel like ‘back-breaking’ work.
Here are a few tips to get you going…
Trees. Yes, trees! Well-placed trees increase property values by 5% or more in some cases. Any tree, right? No, not just any tree. Some tree varieties can substantially plummet the value of a home if the species isn’t desirable for a specific neighborhood. For instance, maple trees can provide an enjoyable shady oasis, but because of their quick growth and brittle wood, they are easily susceptible to cracking or toppling over in strong gusts of wind.
On the other hand, ornamental dwarf trees that have blossoms (e.g. dogwood, crabapple, etc.) and a variety of evergreens can add an attractive combination of colors, fragrance, and landscaping structure that make any home look more appealing, warm and inviting.
Mulch. Whether its pine bark nuggets, pine needles, shredded hardwood, or colored wood, mulches are relatively cheap and easy to apply and can quickly add to the beauty of a home’s landscape by providing a uniform color and an interesting texture to the surface. Mulches are “hands down” one of the best ways to add value to any landscape, and not to mention, an inexpensive option that can make a powerful impact on the prospective homebuyer.
Edges. This is the simplest landscaping technique that will give your property a very clean and orderly appearance, projecting both quality and elegance. If you’ve opted for budget-friendly landscaping upgrades then adding edges around your existing greenery will add a ‘crowning touch of beauty’ to your home.
As you can see from the tips provided above, getting a home ready to sell can be done without breaking the piggy bank or that tender back.
So whether you’re ready to sell your nicely manicured and landscaped property, looking to buy an exquisitely detailed home, or just have questions about Durant, OK and the surrounding area, I’d be happy to help. Give me a call or send me an email today.
Brian A. Allen is a new Realtor and is full of energy, excitement and zeal for every sale. He spent most of his career in marketing and now applies that skill set to the homes his clients want to sell. Click here to learn more about Brian A. Allen
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