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Would You Honestly Buy Your Own House in its Current Condition?

Many people don’t know it, but you can increase the price of the closing sale from between 4 to 5 percent by enhancing your home’s curb appeal.

Keeping your yard and landscape maintained is one of the most important things you can do when selling your home. Studies have shown that curb appeal can increase the value of a home by 4 to 5 percent. Homes with poor curb appeal in neighborhoods with excellent landscaping sold for 8 to 10 percent less than the going market rate. First impressions count not only for buyers but for the appraisers that do the appraisals on your property and the real estate agents showing it. Take care of your lawn and invest in some quality landscaping clean-up and a few enhancements to spruce up your property to give it more eye-appeal for those stopping by to have a look. A well-maintained lawn will encourage them to stop and look at the house, or just drive on past if the yard is in disarray. 

A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal. What they see as a first impression when they drive by or arrive for a showing be greatly affected on whether they’ll want to come inside your house when you spend some time making the exterior much more presentable.

It’s difficult to look at our own house the same way a potential home buyer would, because when we all have become accustomed to the way something looks and functions. We become complacent and no longer see the disrepair and faults. If you’re serious about selling, make the decision to thinking of your property as a house and home . . . look at it now a commodity you want to sell for every dollar possible; and as quickly as possible.

Starting With the Front Yard

Before setting out on a landscaping journey, you must have a design plan. Sit down with paper and pencil and sketch out how you would like the garden to look as if you were the buyer. Get some professional advice or use the plethora of gardening magazines at the supermarket to get some ideas. Even if you aren’t thinking about doing the entire yard now at once, plan it in phases before listing your house for sale. Especially if it’s going to take a while, depending on how long it may have been neglected. 

Stick to the Budget

Work with a budget. Decide how much you have to spend, because it’s easy to get overly enthusiastic. Once you have mapped out your yard, determine if it is worth involving a professional landscapers or not; at least to review your design. If you want to carry out any structural changes, discuss them with a licensed engineer.

Imagine How It Will Look

Before you do the actual planting, lay your plants out in their prospective places so you can see the finished picture. Be sure you leave enough room between the plants even if your garden is small. It’s better to have room enough for them to grow than to have to weed them out when they mature.

Clean It Op Before Listing Your House

If you already have a well maintained garden, spruce it up before putting your home on the market. There are several things that can be done to add some interest and enhancements. Make sure the grass is cut, edged and trimmed on a regular basis and the bushes, shrubs and hedges trimmed; and don’t forget to prune the trees. If you haven’ the time, hire a professional to do it for you, it will be well worth the expense. Clean out the beds to eliminate any weeds or dead annuals. It is amazing the difference it will make on the appearance of your home. A well maintained yard is like a huge neon “welcome” that tells buyers everything has been properly maintained on this property.

Add Some Color

Adding a splash of color is another simple way to make your home inviting and attractive for potential buyers. Flowers are a good way to say “welcome, come on in.” If you decide to plant flower beds, focus on areas like the corners of sidewalks, the bottom of porch steps or around your mailbox. Another great way to add color to your home is to add window flower boxes to a few windows on the front of your house. This inexpensive touch will go a long way to add warmth and charm to your home. If you have a deck or patio, adding large urns with annual flowers planted it will give them an impression of an outdoor room.

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If you add anything to your home, ask yourself first “Is it necessary? or Will it help me sell the house quicker? AND make sure whatever you add will be useful to the new homeowner (like a bench or gate). Avoid installing things like waterfalls and ponds; instead, consider putting in an irrigation system, a patio area, fencing, decking, or seating area; nor does it have to be pretentious to have a positive visual effect. Potential homeowners can envision themselves using these things and enjoying them for years. to come.

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