Best of Luck,
With most of the country recovering from the worst drought and rainfall continuing to be below average in bay area, homeowners worry about impending water shortage. If you replace the lawn with drought resistant plants, you can advertise your house as environmentally friendly, a plus for resale. Make sure you keep them low and not block the house.
I don't mean to generalize - just want to convey that it's about the type of buyer who would likely buy your home.
Look at your neighborhoods. Is grass common in the surrounding homes? There is value in fitting in with the homes around you.
Other parts of San Jose I no longer can tell it is a renter or people are cutting back on H2O usage.
This year dusty car and yellow lawn are environmental friendly and fashionable.
Keller Wms Realty
However lawn is in some ways easier to take care of than some other landscapes. A healthy lawn tends to choke out weeds but does require water, fertilizer, and regular mowing. The mowing vacuums up debri.
Outdoor activiities for families range from sitting on a front porch saying hi to passing neighbors to playing basketball on the driveway. Giving up a lawn creates few limits on activities.
Almost all people are happier when they are in a living organic environment. A brick patio with surrounding trees and flowers can be more welcoming and enjoyable than a lawn.
Make your yard so you enjoy it. Others will too.
Juliana Lee, MBA, LLB
Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty
Over 20 years experienc
There is one more option to think about. You might also consider artificial grass if you are looking for low maintenance. About a year ago, I replaced my entire front lawn with a "realistic-looking" artificial grass, and I have areas in the middle that have drought resistant plants. It is somewhat costly to buy/install, but my front yard ALWAYS looks good and many people cannot tell that the grass is artificial - even after touching it. I never have to mow the front yard again and my curb appeal is excellent. Also, the value reflected in my recent appraisal was strong.
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It comes down to curb appeal and will your home look better with a "planted front lawn"
Also, it becomes important whether you are doing this to have a low maintenance yard or
preparing to sell the home for profit. It then comes down to "curb appeal".
Are you trying to attract Buyers with Kids or other.
Consulting with your Realtor is always an excellent idea before you make a major change to your home.
About 15 years ago, during the last water drought, "Xeriscape" or removing grass in favor of native drought tolerant plants became all the rage. Front yards full of lush lawns were abandoned in favor of huge sections of bushes and ground cover with pathways. Fast forward today, and, guess what, the lawn is back, the bushes have been removed, and there is a sprinkler watering nightly. I think this is a good example of the power of grass not only from a homeowner satisfaction standpoint, but in terms of curb appeal too.
If you don't want a lawn, then make it smaller by ringing the back and sides with flowering bushes and attractive ground cover, but I would never suggest removing the lawn 100 percent--especially if you are hoping to sell in the next, say, 5 years. I say 5 because it's just about this point when bushes really start to get "bushy" and tangled and slightly overgrown. So think carefully before yanking the green carpet in front of the home. It is still a highly desired feature by buyers today.
Allison James Estates
A nicely landscaped front yard is appealing. If you have some lawn in the back that would be good for those who have dogs. As for lawn in general more and more people are considering the use of native plantings and those which do not need so much water.
Definitely talke with your local real estate expert and pick the brains of a landscaper.
If you are not selling right now, don't worry about the resale value. Nice landscaping always sells.
I'm in agreement with Don in that you want to keep your front yard in keeping with the rest of the neighborhood. If surrounding neighbors have plantings only in their yards then do consider it as an option as it is less maintenance which can be a good selling point.
Prudential Connecticut Realty
Certainly check with a local Realtor. But also, just drive around your community and see if you see any other homes with planted lawns.
Hope that helps.
Why are you thinking of pulling up the grass? Is it because of the amount of water you need?
You could reduce the amount of lawn by having a bender board pattern with wood chips around the perimeter.
If you do decide to remove part of your lawn, check whether your water company offers you an incentive.
You have received excellent responses to your question.
With respect to resale, as Grace Morioka pointed out, bushes that start out small do grow. An over grown front yard will detract from your ability to sell the house for it's maximum value.
Terri Velios and Elena Tallis made excellent points that you should talk with a landscaper, and a REALTOR when you design your landscaping. Your REALTOR will tell you what appeals to the market. Your landscaper will tell you what it will look like now and 5 to 10 years from now.
Laura and Don made excellent points that your landscaping should be in keeping with the rest of the landscaping in the neighborhood and that it should be the norm for the community and what people are expecting in the neighborhood if you want to maximize your resale value.
I recommend that you talk with a landscape architect. If you do not already have one, I can refer you to an excellent landscape architect who designs attractive landscaping that has good market appeal on the resale of the house. All of that landscaping is done with plants that use low amounts of water.
Charles Butterfield MBA
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