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Denise Kopasz, Real Estate Pro in Newtown, CT

How much value does landscaping add to a home? Curb appeal is important but how far should a seller go to get the house sold?

Asked by Denise Kopasz, Newtown, CT Wed Jun 30, 2010

It can be difficult to try to be green and also have nice landscaping. Which is more attractive to a buyer - nice landscaping or knowing the property is pesticide and chemical free?

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I know that it can be really important to keep your landscaping maintained. It would be so nice if I could get some rose bushes. My wife is always nagging me to get our landscaping bumped up a notch. http://www.landscapeseast.com/services/index.php
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 24, 2015
Professional landscaping is expensive and quite subjective. You could spend thousands on landscaping thinking you are enhancing the value and appeal of your home only to find out some buyers do not like what you did. We have had clients comment that they are not gardeners and do not want to have to maintain a meticulous landscape.

Treat your yard "staging" as you would your home "staging". Keep it simple and as neat and manicured as possible. Let the new owner imagine what they could do to the property to make it their own.
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First impressions really are everything. There aren't a lot of people out there who want to get a house that will require an overhaul. Doing good remodeling in the house will help increase it's value. Doing landscaping work could also increase the value, but that's not the important part. The rel thing landscaping does is encourage people to want to look at the house. It makes the place look more comfortable and easy to visit. I would definitely suggest doing some landscaping to get it to that point. Don't go overboard though, that could hurt you a bit with some potential buyers.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 18, 2015
It certainly adds value, but how much may be a different question. Many buyers decide on a house ever before they get inside. I've also had buyers who said they didn't even want to go inside once we pulled up in front. It's not just the dollar cost you have to think about, but how much faster a home will sell with attractive landscaping and curb appeal. Basically, neat, clean and well manicured is your best bang for the buck. Nicely mulched beds with a freshly cut lawn add value to a house and don't cost a lot of money.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 25, 2010
I agree that curb appeal is very important to a home. However, I think the value that it adds depends on the home. I would have a landscaper come out and give you a general price on what they think will be added. This should help you decide if it's worth it or not. http://www.landscapespecialistsofwi.com
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Since the landscape is always first to been, it is extremely important that the property look picture perfect, well manicured shrubs and lawn, some colorful flowers, etc.,-- if applicable, don't neglect the front door and powerwash siding etc., and carry the freshness and cleanliness inside.
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First impressions beat anything else out. Keep it manicured...it's the frame for the house.
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You want buyers to see your property from the street or an advertising photo and be instantly be drawn to it. In one word - WOW. The intent is to get people interested enough to want to come inside. In real estate marketing, the exterior photo is the first thing buyers look at so the goal is to be picture perfect. However, much can be achieved with simple landscaping and a clean well manicured lawn and/or flower beds.
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From an investor's perspective, great landscaping, kitchens, and bathrooms sell homes more homes than anything else. If a property looks tore up from the floor up from the curb, then most retail buyers won't cross the threshold literally. Another investor once told me, "Outsides often look like insides" inferring that properties with mediocre/poor landscaping are usually just as ugly on the inside.

A seller should walk the comps, take a look at the best and worst properties on the block, and take a middle-of-the road approach. If most of the other properties for sale have nicely manicured lawns, with professionally trimmed hedges and bushes, and meticulously placed flowers; then that seller will need to have all of that too if s/he intends to sell his/her property for top dollar.

On the other hand, if the seller simply wants to sell it as-is and ASAP, then s/he better discount that price significantly to show that s/he means business.

I'm not sure whether a property with chemical free landscaping will sell for more than one with pesticide. Keep in mind that one doesn't necessarily have to use pesticide in order to maintain a nice lawn. In fact, some landscaping companies specialize in using techniques--similar to the ones that farmers use for growing organics--for maintaining nice lawns and gardens without the use of pesticides or other harsh chemicals.
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Curb appeal is vital to selling a home. However, just like with interior staging, a seller needs to know when to say when! Keep it simple with nothing too exotic and above all, make sure that the plants your use get maintained!!!!!! Once planted , they will need attention, ie. Watering, etc.

If you are questioning what might look best, consult a local nursery to find which plants thrive in your area, take pictures of your front area and ask them for any suggestions! As far as chemicals and pesicides, it can be exteremely difficult to ascertain whether or not ANY pesticides have been used on plants at any stage. But you can also ask the local nurseries which may have the least amount of residual chemicals.
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Different strokes for different folks.....

The majority of buyers however want to see a manicured lawn with some foundation plantings and few weeds.

Spending tons of money on ornamental trees and shrubs is usually a waste and the seller never gets their money back.

There are landscaping companies now that offer organic ways to tree lawns keeping the lawn free from harmful pestisides. Check out the link below as one example.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
Curb appeal is very important, therefore the landscape should be inviting. I have seen buyers turned off just by the condition of the yard.

You can still have an appealing landscape without using all the chemicals. In Dutchess County most people depends on individual wells that is a major reason why the chemicals should be avoided.
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In most places having nice landscaping will be more important, you can have nice landscaping and be chemical free. The first look is the most important as it leaves lasting impressions. most important within that 15 seconds, the potential buyer has already determined if they want to go inside or keep driving.

Having a yard in need of alot of work reflects on what the inside is perceived to look like, bargain hunters will be attracted but the others will have already moved onto the next listing.
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