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Landscape Curb Appeal That Helps Sell A Home


When it comes time to sell your home, you'll obviously want to get the biggest return on your investment. Right now, across Sarasota, the real estate market is giving sellers an edge, because available residential inventory is a bit low; however, home prices continue to rise. Selling a home is all about having the right marketing and its landscape is key to success. Curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing a place to buy and live, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey. What’s more, a landscaping investment could potentially pay a 215 percent return in home value, if you keep the cost low. These figures clearly demonstrate that you need landscape curb appeal to help sell your home.

Landscape Curb Appeal that Helps Sell a Home

The trick is to emulate what's around you, but, not go overboard. For instance, if you live in a neighborhood where the surrounding homes have nice landscaping, but nothing elaborate, your home shouldn't stand out. In other words, your yard can't comparatively look run down or like a total maintenance headache. Use the KISS formula, keep it simple and complement the exterior of your home. Your goal is to make it appealing but not distracting, after all, buyers form an impression of a home in just 7 to 10 seconds.

Clumsy, neglected, and hodgepodge landscaping not only hurts your home’s curb appeal, it can cut the value of your property and make it harder to sell. Real estate appraisers say bad landscaping is a buyer turnoff that can increase the number of days a property languishes on the market, which also hurts prices. --House Logic

Those precious moments are all you have to pique their interest. Your front yard should be inviting and serve as an extension of your home. The good news about landscape curb appeal is that it's very inexpensive and doesn't require any specialized skills. It's less time-consuming and cheaper than other improvements, like a kitchen makeover. What's more, it only takes a little time and elbow grease to transform something ordinary to something extraordinary. Here are some tips to use for landscape curb appeal that helps sell a home:

  • Start with maintenance. Before you beautify your front and back yards, take care of maintenance. Pickup any debris and clean out the gutters and downspouts. Get rid or fix anything that's broken outside. Pull weeds and give your driveway and home exterior a good power washing. Of course, mowing, edging, and leaf/clipping blowing are all a must. You'll be surprised by the difference these simple steps make.

  • Shape-up trees and shrubs. Move on to the trees and shrubs next, trimming and shaping them up. If you have a tree that's well past its prime, it's time to stop ignoring it and have it removed. You can put down sod or a hardscape feature where it stood. It could be a small water feature or something else that's decorative. Just don't leave a stump in the ground, it will be an unnecessary negative. Another step is to pay some attention to your fence. A fresh coat of paint or washing it down, whichever is applicable, will help your yard look better.

  • Add some color with plants. Potted or planted colorful flowers go a long way and you don't have to be elaborate. Choose flowering plants and other plants that are pleasing to the eye but do not require a lot of attention. Look at magazines and online for inspiration. Think of these as outdoor decor and employ the less is more principle.

  • Spread some mulch around. Spreading mulch around trees in the yard, around the mailbox, and in a planter will add plenty of pizzazz to your curb appeal. Be sure to keep these areas weeded so it always looks its best. You might even opt to arrange stones or curved bricks around trees and spreading mulch inside the decorative hardscape features.

  • Add a little outdoor living space. A great way to make your backyard an impressive selling point is to create an outdoor living space. Think of it this way, no one goes out into a yard just to stare at a fence. Even if you have a pool, it will look a bit strange if there isn't seating. A fire pit is an inexpensive hardscape feature; place seating around it and you've got an instant outdoor living space. Or, put up a large patio umbrella, complete with seating. The goal is to make your backyard an extension of your home as a place to relax and entertain.

If you're considering selling your home and need more advice about getting it in showable and salable condition, just contact us. We serve all of Sarasota, from Bay Shore Road, to Bee Ridge Road, including Siesta Key, out to Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island.