Any realtor will tell you that the value of “curb appeal” cannot be underestimated in selling a home. Many potential buyers make a decision about a home during a brief drive-by. For this reason, landscaping plays an invaluable role in creating this first impression.
Front entryways are critical areas as potential buyers spend time at the front door waiting for the realtor to open the key box. The impression made at the front door can affect how potential buyers view the rest of the home. Planting fragrant plants can help evoke a positive feeling in potential buyers. Sound can also help to capture potential buyers.Consider placing a water feature or fountain near the front entry way to mask any unpleasant background noises such as traffic. Container gardens also may be a simple solution to spruce up an entryway and fill empty spaces in the landscape.
Ensure that the front yard landscape is neat and tidy from every angle and that the overall feel is clean, simple and elegant. Photos of the home are often taken by the MLS representative rather than the real estate agent. An MLS photographer will have several houses to photograph in one day and will not take the time to select the most flattering view of the house. View the property from all angles and remove any unsightly objects. Add color to walkways and spruce up hardscapes to be prepared for a photograph from any angle.
The backyard should not be ignored when preparing a home for sale. The Annual Street of Dreams is testament to the fact that outdoor rooms are “in”, especially in higher-end homes. The trends of “cocooning” or “nesting” are on the rise causing Americans to invest more in their homes and second homes rather than vacations abroad. This trend has affected the home's exterior as well as interior. The bar has been raised to include elaborate outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing. Investing in a fire pit gathering area or spa may help attract potential buyers.
A study conducted by Clemson University concluded that homes with an excellent landscape sell for 4-5% higher while homes with poor landscaping sold for 8-10% less. You only get one chance to make a first impression and capture potential buyers. The initial investment will facilitate a rapid sale and an increase in your gain.