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Landscaping tips to enhance curb appeal and sell your home for more money!

c4_Residential_LandscapeI would like to thank everyone that took the time to stop by our booth at the Home and Garden Show in Fall River last weekend.  It was great to see so many people excited to get their yards in shape and landscape projects started this spring.  Never mind great to see some live flowers!  I would also like to congratulate Regina Gilbert for winning our Landscape Design Giveaway at the Show!

I also wanted to share a handout that I gave out during my seminar at the show on Saturday titled: How to enhance your curb appeal and sell your home for more money!  Please feel free to contact me anytime kgravel@decorativelandscapesinc.com, if you have any questions.  I am sharing the handout here below:

Are you thinking of selling your home?  Would you like to sell your home for more money?  Then you may want to wow potential home buyers with their first impression by implementing some of these landscaping tips to sell your home for more money.  You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.  So make it a memorable one!

Various studies have shown over the years, an attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 to 15 percent to the value of your home.  Also, if turnaround time in selling your home is a factor, curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their home, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey.

Landscaping tips to enhance curb appeal and sell your home for more money:

1.  Keep it Simple- As a professional landscape designer, the number 1 priority that I hear from clients is “low maintenance”.

2.  Clean it up- Going back to that 1st impression.  People want to see a meticulous well-manicured landscape.

3.  Think Color- Add some annual plants to your landscape beds if you are planning to sell your home in MA during the spring, summer or fall.

4.  Another low cost enhancement is to use planters on front steps and even window boxes.

5.  Focal Point- Every yard needs some sort of focal point to create that extra impact in your   curb appeal,   whether it’s a beautiful tree, island landscape bed or water feature.

6.  Install a patio or outdoor entertaining area-  It’s a great return on investment!

7.  Landscape Lighting- If you think your house may be shown at night what more dramatic 1st impression can you make than a beautiful showing of your landscape lit up at night.

8.  Year round visual interest- An easy way to do this is to add some evergreen plants and to also add some plants that will produce berries.  These are great effects for the winter months.

9.  Appeal to the Masses

 10.  Don’t be extravagant in your choices!  Remember you won’t be living here.

For those of you that don’t know, I am also a successful Realtor with Jack Conway which truly makes me an expert on this topic.

 

Landscaping, Real Estate
January 11, 2014

Landscaping tips to sell your home for more money|Real Estate

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Are you thinking of selling your home or real estate this spring?  Would you like to sell your home for more money?  Then you may want to wow potential home buyers with their first impression by implementing some of these landscaping tips to sell your home for more money.  You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.  So make it a memorable one!

Various studies have shown over the years, an attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 to 15 percent to the value of your home.  For ex. if you have a home worth $200,000 and update your landscape with a 15% return you just made $30,000.  Also, if turnaround time in selling your home is a factor, curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their home, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey.

Landscaping tips to sell your home for more money:

1.  Keep it Simple- As a professional landscape designer, the number 1 priority that I hear from clients is “low maintenance”.  Homeowners want a low maintenance landscape.  So, if you are thinking about renovating your landscape make sure you are installing low maintenance plants and are making the landscape low maintenance in general.  This may also include adding more hardscapes, less to maintain, or more lawn which is easier to mow than to weed or mulch.

2.  Clean it up- Going back to that 1st impression.  People want to see a meticulous well manicured landscape.  That will also give them the impression that the home’s interior is also well maintained.  Get out your trimmers, trim those shrubs, edge the beds, mow the lawn, fertilize the lawn with nitrogen to green it up.

3.  Think Color- Add some annual plants to your landscape beds if you are planning to sell your home in MA during the spring, summer or fall.  It will give an added pop of color at a low cost.  If you have colored doors or shutters on your home try to use annual colors that will accent and bring out those colors not deter from them.

4.  Another low cost enhancement is to use planters on front steps and even window boxes.  Again, if it is during the spring summer or fall in MA, you can easily enhance the color and make your home warm, cheery and inviting by just adding this pop of color.  Use spikey plants in the center of the planters and trailing vines along the edges to create dramatic effects and uniqueness in your displays.  If it’s the winter months

5.  Focal Point- Every yard needs some sort of focal point to create that extra impact in your curb appeal.  Whether it’s a beautiful tree, island landscape bed, water feature.  Some place to again bring in a dramatic effect that will pull a potential buyers eye and reel them into the beauty of your home.

6.  Year round visual interest- If you are thinking of enhancing or completely redoing your landscape to sell your home for more money then you want to invest in some items that will give you year round interest.  An easy way to do this is to add some evergreen plants and to also add some plants that will produce berries.  These are great effects for the winter months.  One of my favorite plants to use for the dramatic winter months, also beautiful variegated foliage when leaves are out, is the Red Twig Dogwood.  The bark turns bright red in the winter months and really stands out in the landscape.  Other items to consider are adding hardscape items such as walkways, to clearly define paths, retainer walls to add another dimension to your landscape.

7.  Appeal to the Masses- Just as a realtor will advise you to make the interior “neutral”,  you want to adhere to the same concept outside.  While planning your landscape design or renovation make sure you are going to appeal to a majority of people not a select few.  For example if you love perennial gardening, don’t install a gigantic perennial garden in the front yard that will take hours upon hours weekly to maintain.  While it may be a visual enhancement to your curb appeal, you may turn off buyers that want a “low maintenance” yard.

8.  Install a patio or outdoor entertaining area- This is an investment that you can’t go wrong with.  Ultimately you are creating more living space for the potential buyer.  It doesn’t have to be overly costly or extravagant.  Just create a space where people can visualize themselves enjoying the outdoors as much as the indoors.  Without a lot of cost once the surface, patio, is created you can bring warmth and really dress it up at a low cost with accessory items and planters with beautiful displays of plants.

9.  Don’t be extravagant in your choices- If this is a home you were going to spend the rest of your life in then you may choose to spend on the “extras” but if you are trying to make more money to keep in your pocket again make choices that will appeal to the masses without going overboard.  Determine a budget then make a punch list of where you want to spend that money.  Lastly, determine what items will give you the best bang for your buck.  There are some items that you may want to spend a little more money on and areas you can spend a little less.  If you work or at least consult with a professional landscape designer they can steer you in the right direction.

10.  Landscape Lighting- If you think your house may be shown at night what more dramatic 1st impression can you make than a beautiful showing of your landscape lit up at night.  Again, don’t go overboard or over budget but just by adding a few “focal point” lights or lighting a walkway can make a very dramatic presentation.