Curb appeal sells. You can put all the upgrades you want into the front of your home, but if the outside of your house looks dull then you will not get what it is worth when it comes time to sell it. This said, I’ve put together a few tips to help you keep up a well-manicured home that will sell for what it’s worth- if not more!
- Hire a Landscape architect. Landscape architects are worth the investment ($300-$2,500 depending on yard size). They will help you create the first front and/or back future yard, and provide plant lists so you can install landscaping yourself. Don’t want to do the work yourself? They can help you hire the right team to install the plants for you.
- If you’re a DIY-er know that planting doesn’t mean immediate beauty. The rule of green thumb is “First year it sleeps, second it creeps, third it leaps.” If you plan on selling your home soon, buy fully matured plants and trees to transplant.
- Plant what is local and what looks and smells good. Not everyone is going to share your taste, so stick to designing the front of your yard with a conservative nature. Pick neutral colors, décor and plants that will appeal to men and women of all backgrounds. Roses are often an easy sell.
Remember, homes that are painted yellow with white accents sell 47% quicker than other homes – and for 13% more money. If you don’t want to paint your home, or can’t because of an HOA, try using yellow and white blooms to spruce up your curb appeal.
Sam Benson, Real Estate Broker