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mickylobrien, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

We just bought a house in the Outer Sunset and are planning to invest a lot in landscaping the yard. Does this add value to the property?

Asked by mickylobrien, San Francisco, CA Mon Feb 3, 2014

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Rosemary Williams
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 4, 2014
Yes, I will add value to the house, but the selling value or selling price will be given by the market. The selling price will increase if you add more bedrooms or bathrooms. Landscaping and nice painting will make the house more attractive and can play a big role when selling.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
The answer is not as much as kitchens and baths, but anything you do to help curb appeal is going to enhance value. But your return on $ will not be as high as interior upgrades.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
Kitchen and baths usually get the best return, but yes, it will help with the overall appeal. Lawns don't usually do to well in the Sunset because of the weather, but maybe putting in some rocks and trees....it will allow you to enjoy your home more and then down the line when it comes time to sell, it will help too. Maybe that's when you put in some sod.

All the best,

Coldwell Banker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
Yes. Any improvement adds value to a property. But different types of improvements add move value per dollar that you put in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
Any enhancements to a standard "row house" adds value, potentially, however, to ensure that your "investment" will produce a yield that is more than aesthetically appealing gauge it in relations to how much you'll put into it, and how much similar properties, i.e., same square footage, room count, amenities, etc., are being sold for now. Your eventual beautiful yard will make your house worth more to you in the enjoyment value, but, unless you find that one potential buyer that values the results of your green thumb, they'll tend to gauge the houses potential value based on what is happening, not necessarily on what you did with the yard. This applies to the over-remodeling phenomena of a few years ago -- you couldn't go into any house without seeing someone's interpretation of enhancement by changing kitchen cabinets and laying down a granite counter top. Tread carefully if you're looking for higher returns via a green thumb.

J. Mario Preza
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
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