Curb appeal is how good a house looks from the outside and in this economy first impressions are everything.
Homes with well kept and attractive landscaping are almost always better candidates for those looking to buy. Good landscaping has been proven to both raise home value by 28% and reduce the time spent on the market by 10-15%, according to landscape economist John Harris.
Furthermore, an interesting study by Lawn and Landscape magazine has shown that around two thirds of homeowners report getting 60% of their landscaping investments back when they sold their homes.
With so much relying so heavily on the smart and practical landscaping of your property, there are several things to watch out for that may impact the home value if you’re trying to sell.
Landscaping in Birmingham – Bad Landscaping Versus Great Landscaping
Poor and unkept landscaping will lower the value of your property, yes, but the same can happen if you go too overboard. Houses that are too different from the others in the neighborhood can be off-putting. It’s best to take a look at what the rest of your neighbors have done with their houses and follow along in the same grain.
Trees Make a Great Addition
Adding trees to your property is a simple way to raise home value if done right. Trees provide shade, clean air, and aesthetic attraction.
Even a neighbor’s tree can raise your value–a Portland study has shown that large trees within 100 feet of other houses added $7000-$9000 to their property value and cut their time on the market by two days.
On the flip side, poorly positioned, damaged, or old trees can be hazardous. The risk of fire or a falling branch can put people off from purchasing your home
Upscale Additions Add Great Value
Upscale landscaping is more than just plants and trees–decks, patios, and walkwaysare just a few of the extra additions and upgrades you can make to your home to increase its value.
Consider adding outdoor lighting or a great outdoor living area. The great thing about Alabama is our winters are so mild that we can justify the expense of a well-done outdoor living area because you’ll get to enjoy it very often.
Contact The Nelson Team if you’re ready to make upgrades to your landscaping or design the gorgeous outdoor living area you’ve always wanted. Spring is just around the corner! Give us a call at 205-702-4426 or click here to email us.
We look forward to serving you!