Landscape Tips for Home Sellers
Spring is a great time to sell your home. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales for March 2017 are up by five and half percent, the second-fastest paced rise in more than a decade.
This season is also the best time to get your landscape off to great start. If your home is on the market, or even if you are just thinking about selling your home in a few years, there are steps you can take to improve its ability to attract buyers.
“Curb appeal is very important. It’s the first impression the buyers have approaching a home and the last impression they leave with,” says John Mauro, an agent with Addison Wolfe Real Estate in New Hope, Pennsylvania. “We try to do our best to pursued owners/sellers to invest some money into the landscape.” He offers these tips to home sellers:
John’s Top Five Quick Fixes:
- Get shrubs pruned and away from the house, as well as removing any tree branches against the house.
- Have landscape beds crisply edged and freshly mulched.
- If the season is right, add a minimal amount of annual/perennial color in certain areas, This, he says, “is very important.” You can also use colorful flower pots to help dress up an existing patio or landing.
- Make sure that the exterior of the home appears clean: remove cobwebs and clean the windows. If there needs to be repairs made to loose shingles or damaged clapboard, have that addressed.
- Perform general maintenance of the lawn and have any bare areas seeded.
“All of those things add up to pulling up and it looking nice,” says John.
In a 2014 Zillow survey, real estate agents named curb appeal one of the five most important factors in selling a home while the National Association of Realtors found curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their abode
Getting a Return on your Investments
Even if your home-sale plans are further off, you should still consider the effect that home improvements may have on its value.
- Pools – “Pools receive mixed opinions,” John says. “Unless there is an unusually well-landscaped area, pools do not add to value.” The maintenance and safety concerns may even detract from it.
If you are adding a pool, know you are doing it for your enjoyment, not that of future owners and if you already have a pool, don’t let it be a liability; make sure it is clean, functioning and safe. Either way, consider improving the landscape so it will be more attractive to buyers.
- Patios – One thing you can add to improve your landscapes impact on the home is to add a patio. According to John, “outdoor terraces are important.”
“Your investment is returned to you and the added benefit is attractiveness. That appeal could make it sell faster and you could get your return back if you don’t go overboard.”
“Do it nicely more than pragmatically,” he continues. “That adds to the appeal and a fast sale.”
- Lighting – Functional lighting is also important, it adds safety and security to the home. “The walkway should be lit,” John says and while decorative lighting of the trees and façade is beautiful, it may be wasted on buyers who typically visit during the day.
Whether you are planning to sell your home or want to improve its curb appeal for yourself, PLS can help with maintenance, planting, lighting and home improvement projects. Schedule a consultation today and see what PLS can do to help improve your homes appearance and ROI.