Whenever someone decides to pursue the sale of their house, one of the first things they do is assess the property. This is done to get a feel of what the selling price could be. Subsequently, they analyze repairs, improvements and additions which can increase the value of houses and their attractiveness. This enables them to fish for a higher selling price and less time on the market.
It is up to the homeowner to decide if they want to repaint the study or swap out and update the kitchen fixtures. Acquiring the services of a professional cleaning service or simply clearing out the dust that has been piling up in that spare room can help you to make a good first impression to a prospective buyer.
There is, however, one aspect of the home that often times is missed- and that is landscaping.
Landscaping Can Pay
Every real estate consultant will tell you the same thing “An expertly landscaped property can encourage a speedy sale”. This is true because you are giving the home curb appeal and increasing its worth. It is up to you to decide just how the property speaks to prospective buyers when they first see it.
By landscaping, you can add up to 20 percent to the value of the home. That 20 percent is more than the increase in value that you would get from focusing your efforts on the bathrooms, the kitchen or the flooring.
A report from The Appraisal Institute highlighted the intrinsic value in landscaping. They shared that it may not only increase the price but it can also significantly reduce the time a property is on the market.
Trees Are Good but More Can Be Done
Just how can you make substantial improvements that will have a significant impact on the value of the home? A good first step is ask 1-2 professional landscapers to give you a bid on suggested changes. Use this chance to ask questions and get advice. Be upfront with them that you might get a bid somewhere else and you are not sure if you will hire them for the job. Then have a realtor walk the property with you and discuss the suggestions and cost. The realtor should be able to direct you to eliminate some costly changes and encourage others. This will leverage your dollar to get the best outcome.