Does landscaping add real dollar value to a home?

Asked by Alissa Spears, Rockport, TX Fri May 13, 2011

I often tell my clients to invest in "drive-up appeal" with landscaping. I was asked recently if there is a real $ amount that can be realized by adding or improving landscaping. My answer was that it would depend on what is important to a Buyer. A busy Buyer may not want all that maintenance, but one that spends lots of time in their garden would think it were priceless.....any other advise out there that can help?

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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Fri May 13, 2011
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Landscaping always helps with a homes value. When you walk up to a property and the yard is not in good condition the inside will often reflect the same lack of care. If you want top dollar for your home you should look into inexpensive things you do to present the home in the best possible way.

In this market it comes down to location, price and condition. You can't do anything about the first one but you can price the home correctly and make sure it is in the best condition possible. Buyer's today want a turn key property that is move in ready. Give them what they want and price it well and it will sell quickly.

Best of luck to you.

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I agree Don, landscaping is important to a home's value. A buyer is not only buying the home, but the yard and property as well. Another important reason why landscaping influences home value is that is provides a certain feel to the home. When a home feels good to a buyer they are much more likely to purchase. http://www.maddoxgardencenter.com/lanscaping
Flag Mon May 4, 2015
That was really great advice, Don! I have to agree. Improving the landscape will improve everything about the property. I'm looking for a home right now, and I'm very concerned with what the landscape looks like. I want to look out my window and see a beautiful view, and I want my kids to have somewhere to run out and play. I'd say it definitely adds value to a property. http://www.coastaldesign.ca/north-vancouver-landscaping.shtml
Flag Wed Jan 7, 2015
Landscaping can definitely add dollar value. When I was a buyer and looking for a home, a poorly-kept landscape meant more money that I would have to put into it. That meant that I wouldn't get a very good deal on the house. I love houses that have a good landscaping. http://www.blackdirtcompany.com/Default.aspx
Flag Wed Dec 17, 2014
Beautiful landscaping can do so much for the value of a home. The front lawn is the first thing that people see when they are looking at a house. If the curb appeal is good, then most likely they'll be more interested in looking at the inside of the house. You can do miracles to a yard with little to no equipment as well. http://www.burrisequipment.com/rental.php
Flag Mon Dec 15, 2014
I agree that landscaping really adds dollar value to a home. I remember when my wife and I were trying to find a new house, our realtor showed us a house that didn't have any grass in the front yard. It was not a very good first impression of the home. I'm sure that it would look really nice with a little bit of yard work though. http://www.emeraldirrigation.ca
Flag Thu Dec 4, 2014
The landscaping is a major part of the value of the home. When everything is said and done, it really is the first part of the home that anyone will see (buyers included). I think your summary of price, location, and condition is right on. Great comment, thanks for the answer!

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Flag Mon Nov 10, 2014
I can definitely agree that landscaping would increase the value of a home. If I were looking at buying a home, I would pay more for a house that has a yard that looks good rather than one that's in bad shape. All it really comes down to is how much you're willing to put into keeping it looking nice.
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Flag Fri Oct 3, 2014
I can definitely agree that landscaping would increase the value of a home. If I were looking at buying a home, I would pay more for a house that has a yard that looks good rather than one that's in bad shape. All it really comes down to is how much you're willing to put into keeping it looking nice.
Andre | http://www.marloweslandscaping.com
Flag Fri Oct 3, 2014
I agree that it always helps to a home. First appearances are everything and that's something the buyer will see when they first see your home. Not only will it attract the buyers attention, but it will also impact the value of your home depending on the landscaping you have. http://www.landper.com/about-us.html
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ryanyz, , Lehi, UT
Sun Sep 21, 2014
The answer is yes. Landscaping and concrete curbing can add perceived value to your home. If there are two homes in the same area with the same square footage, they may both have the same monetary value. However, the home that has the best curb appear will probably be chosen. So your chances of selling your home vs the home down the street with the same footage is better.

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I think landscaping adds value for a potential buyer, but I'm not sure if it would add dollar value equal to what you put into the landscape. It would definitely help you sale the house, but unless you make some major changes I don't think the value of the house would change too much. http://www.masterlandscape.net
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Mar 11, 2015
I think you're spot on. I'm not extremely interested in doing a lot of yard work personally. If I wasn't going to hire people to do the work, I wouldn't want a house with a lot of fancy landscaping. With that being said, I probably wouldn't even look at a house if the yard didn't look at least somewhat nice. I think it will be a good idea to get some landscaping done, just don't go all out.
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Ryan K Kruit…, Agent, Holland, MI
Tue Feb 10, 2015
Some landscaping vs no landscaping does make a huge difference. Spend a lot of money to have the best landscaping may not be necessary. Consult w/ a agent to find out how much is necessary!
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lewisremingt…, Home Owner, Rochester, NY
Tue Feb 10, 2015
I have recently been wanting to put a rose garden and some extra landscaping in my front and back yard. Do you know if this would appeal to the "busy buyer" or would it not draw them in because roses take work? I'm fairly determined to do it regardless, but it would be nice to know if it limits anything.
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Jan 8, 2015
I would think that landscaping does add value to your home. I know my parents just had some improvement's done on their home because they plan on selling soon. Also I have heard that home's sell quicker if the landscaping looks nice. http://www.landscapingvictorville.com
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Anything that helps to increase the curb appeal will help to increase the value of the home. Make sure that if you do landscaping, that you do it right. You should probably get a professional to help you out if you aren't sure what to do with it. The landscaping can really make or break the curb appeal of your home. http://www.thompsonlandscapecompany.com/page.php?3
Flag Tue Jan 20, 2015
I also believe that good landscaping can add to the value of a home. However, the biggest benefit is curb appeal. A beautiful lawn will help a home sell very quickly. A neglected yard will scare off buyers, even if the rest of the property is in perfect condition. Landscaping is definitely something that you do not want to overlook.

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Gerald Vonbe…, Home Buyer, Jackson Springs, NC
Thu Dec 18, 2014
I think you're right about landscaping. It may depend on the buyer, but generally I think it adds quite a bit of value to the home. Like you said, a lot of people don't want to put a lot of work into the landscape, so if yours is already done, it will be appealing to them. People that like spending time in the garden will appreciate a good landscaping job. Overall, I think it's a good idea to get professional landscaping done. http://www.landscapesnw.com
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I would have to agree with you that the drive up appeal is important landscaping. People only really see the front of your house, and so it's important to make that look good. There are some pretty easy landscape designs that don't require much upkeep. http://www.precisionlandscapecontractors.com
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Tue Dec 16, 2014
I think that landscaping certainly adds real dollar value to your home. My husband and I have been wanting to do some landscaping to my home. I would like to get some white beach sand for my landscaping. Thanks for sharing and best of luck! http://bestbuymulch.com/materials-and-pricing/soils-dirts-an…
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Sat Dec 6, 2014
Thank you for the opinion! We are looking at doing some serious landscaping work in our yard. It currently is just pine needles, dirt, and wild flowers and we want to put in sod. We will need irrigation installed. How much do you think this will cost? http://www.victoriagardensprinklers.ca/
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Zach Thalman, , Midwest, WY
Tue Dec 2, 2014
There are a lot of different landscaping ideas that don't require very much maintenance. I think you would be able to add money to your home for doing a little landscaping. The value of the home should be based on size, but I also think that appearance also adds value the home.

Zach | http://www.ellinwoodlandscaping.com/landscape-fertilizing-pr…
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Corey Murphy, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Mon Dec 1, 2014
Curb appeal is very important when selling a home. With a little bit of money can go a long way in landscaping. Make a difference in a buyers first impression of your home with landscaping. Go to http://www.houzz.com/photos/outdoor for excellent landscaping ideas.
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mattdalek47, , Columbus, OH
Mon Dec 1, 2014
I know that when we were house shopping before, we always liked the houses with better landscaping more than the ones without it. The amount of care and time spent on the outside is seen as a reflection of the inside by many people, including my wife and myself. We are putting a lot into the landscaping of the house we decided to build because we believe it means so much.

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Wally West, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Nov 25, 2014
Absolutely. Just think about it, if you were looking for a new house and you went to two different houses and one had an ugly unkempt appearance and the other one had an immaculate landscape. Which one would you choose? It would definitely add a dollar amount and appeal to the home. Landscaping always makes or breaks the appeal of a home.

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Gary Birtles, , Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Nov 18, 2014
I think it has great potential to help. As a buyer I would want to buy a home that already has an established yard. I'd be willing to pay extra for that. It saves me the trouble of having to landscape the yard once I move in. http://www.masterlandscape.net/Irrigation-Installation-Lands…
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I agree with you Gary, it really has great potential to help increase the value. The first thing that I look for when I pull up to a new house is the curb appeal. If the landscaping looks nice, then I am immediately interested in the house. Definitely talk with your real estate agent about it. http://www.downtoearthgarden.com.au
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John Westrich, Agent, Allendale, NJ
Wed Nov 12, 2014
I absolutely agree that landscaping is very important. If the outside is not clean and welcoming you may not even get the showings inside the house. The grass should be cut, trees trimmed and beds cleaned out and leaves and weeds cleared away.
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Wed Nov 12, 2014
I think that landscaping certainly adds real dollar value to a home. Curb appeal is something that is very real and very important. The outside is the first thing that people see when they look at your house. It is the first impression of the home. A beautiful and well kept yard reflects are neat and lovely home. I would argue that it is worth it to do landscaping! http://www.affordablesprinklingandlandscape.com
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Sat Nov 8, 2014
Landscaping absolutely adds to the value of a home. The yard is the first thing prospective buyers will see. If you give them a bad first impression, they may not see the positive features of your home. I would make landscaping a top priority.

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I also believe that landscaping adds value to a home. They're buying a building as well as the land that it's built on. If you can add things to the land to make it more valuable, then that will increase its value. I know that trees and exotic flowers make this more expensive. http://www.boulderworks.com/#!services/cihc
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Thu Nov 6, 2014
Outstanding curb appeal invites a buyer to come and take a look. Without much curb appeal the buyer may decide it isn't worth their time to look further. So yes, landscaping adds value to a home and can make the difference between it selling quickly or languishing on the market.
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Wed Nov 5, 2014
I definitely think it does! I am not a real estate expert but the yard is always the first thing I notice about a home. It is your first impression! Also, there are plenty of landscaping ideas that aren't high maintenance. http://www.ellinwoodlandscaping.com/landscape-fertilizing-pr…
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John Connor, Home Buyer, Kansas City, MO
Wed Oct 29, 2014
I think that it depends on the houses that are around you. If the house is looks worse than the average home in the neighborhood then you are going to want to do something to that yard because to sell you need it to look good. I would always spend some time to make it look the best you can before someone tries to buy your home. http://www.landscapespecialistsofwi.com
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Mary Jane Pr…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Oct 23, 2014
I would say that your landscaping really does influence how much your home is worth. If you have a really nice yard, your home is a lot more likely to sell well. It is amazing all that landscapers are able to do. I would suggest hiring a landscaper before you sell your home.

Mary Jane | http://www.bigcountrykc.com/services/
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Thu Oct 23, 2014
I agree with what has been said, I really think that landscaping adds real dollar value to a home. The first thing that people see when they come to look at a home is the yard. That is why it is important that that leaves a good first impression. Thanks for sharing, and best of luck! http://www.bigcountrykc.com/services/
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Oct 22, 2014
It really comes down to presentation. Often times we naturally see things as better if they are presented well. It's just a normal human response. Doing landscaping could never hurt the property value. There are people who might not see it as a priority, but it's definitely a good idea to do landscaping anyway.
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Joey Constan…, , Anchorage, AK
Wed Oct 22, 2014
I would have to say that yes it does add dollar value to a home. Like stated in previous comments, if the yard look like it is not taken care of then it will be the impression of the potential buyers for the inside of the house. I am going to be selling my house soon and I know my yard does not look good. I am going to have to hire someone that does landscape design so that way I will get a good value for my home. http://www.heritagell.com/landscaping
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Mark Leach, Home Buyer, Pine Bluff, AR
Thu Oct 16, 2014
Thanks for posting! The "drive-up appeal" or "curb appeal" really made a difference for us and our home. We posted our home on the market with an unfinished back and side yard, to no avail. It sat in the market for about a year... We decided to spruce things up with some landscaping. It made a huge difference for us. So much so that we didn't want to move anymore!

http://nobletree.net/services/landscape-design/
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Mon Oct 13, 2014
I think that landscaping really does add some resale value to a home. I remember shopping for homes with my wife and seeing a lot of run down houses. I agree with the "drive-up appeal" that you mention. I would drive up to a house and see a well manicured lawn and healthy flowers, I already felt good about the house. I always pay for a good landscaping service to make sure my lawn and yard is kept neat. http://www.kiheigardens.biz/landscapinglandscaping-restoration
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Zeda Jackson, Home Buyer, Fullerton, CA
Thu Oct 9, 2014
My husband and I just had our front and backyard landscaped last summer. He just found out that he got a promotion on his job moving him to an office out of state, this means we have to move in the next couple of months. We are hoping that because our yard was landscaped that the value of the home will go up. http://www.oliverslandscaping.com
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Diana Hellman, Agent, Larchmont, NY
Sun Sep 21, 2014
Anything you do that improves the look of your home as well as improving the systems, etc only can be a good thing. It matters especially today to buyers when they see the owner cares for their home. These improvements decrease the time a property is on the market and certainly that is part of the equation. If your home is well located and you've done renovations and improvements inside and out, it certainly should add to the real dollar value.
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Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Mon Aug 11, 2014
Even if you do not realize an increased price, there's a good chance you'll sell faster, and there is value in that. Impossible to say how much, if any,return you'll get on a landscape investment, but I wouldn't think it could hurt! Best of luck...
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Pedro Cintas, Home Buyer, Walla Walla, WA
Mon Aug 11, 2014
I'm not sure how much of a dollar amount would be realized. I do know that we installed an irrigation system in our backyard and the buyer who ended up closing on our house loved it. I think that helped to sell him. I would do landscaping that will help the future owner of the house instead of creating more work for them to do.
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Tracy Santro…, Agent, Cary, NC
Tue Aug 5, 2014
An appraiser doesn't make adjustments on landscaping. However, great curb appeal and clean landscaping is always a plus. Too much landscaping and it can be a nightmare for families with small children, etc.
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Tim Johnson, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Aug 5, 2014
I think that if you hold out long enough, doing some good landscaping with be a great investment. Like you said, it's not important to everyone, but when it is the right person, they will be willing to pay a lot more for a well kept yard. It may not be the first or second buyer that you see the payoff in, but it will definitely come. Good luck with that, I think it's a great idea. http://www.redwoodlandscaping.com/
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Jul 30, 2014
I guess it does all depend on what the buyer wants. In my case, I think it will increase the appeal of my home. My grass is dead, and my brushes are untrimmed. The biggest problem is simply the lack of landscaping.

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Timothy Key, Agent, Brentwood, NY
Thu Jun 26, 2014
Landscaping is very important when selling a home. This is the first thing a potential buyer will see. The way someone keeps their yard is a good indication on how they keep their house. If you see a house where the grass wasn't tended to for months or years, it may be that red flag that is telling you to run.
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Fri Jun 20, 2014
It all depends. Outstanding curb appeal can make the difference between a home being shown or not. While it may be hard to put a $ amount on that--in my book, it is definitely a worthwhile investment.
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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Fri Jun 20, 2014
I think it also depends a lot on the type of landscaping that is done. There are lots of landscaping choices that are beautiful but that don't require maintenance. Those would add dollar value for just about anyone. Some landscaping is necessary just to make the house look appealing for buyers walking up to the front door.
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norahchandle…, , Provo, UT
Mon Jun 2, 2014
Quality landscaping definitely adds a lot to a homes appeal. The exterior is your first chance to make an impression on a buyer so it should all look nice. Good landscaping doesn't have to be high maintenance. Plant perennial flowers, sturdy trees like evergreens, and install an irrigation system so it is easy to keep the yard looking nice.

Norah Chandler | http://www.lyonslandscaping.com
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whiskeyjenki…, , Silver Spring, MD
Thu May 29, 2014
Yes, definitely! If you have a yard that is looking in good shape, your value increases. Just think of it when you go looking at houses. If house A has a yard that looks good but house B looks better, you're going to think house B is worth more.

Will Jenkins | http://www.mblandscape.com/landscape-design-services-new-yor…
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Dennis Evans, Agent, Clifton Park, NY
Thu Mar 20, 2014
"Curb appeal" is a very valuable asset when selling a home... many times this can actually be completed by the home owner at little cost and give you an edge when selling!
I certainly would advice to spruce it up a bit!
Good luck and good selling!
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j chai, Agent, beaverton, OR
Thu Sep 27, 2012
Landscaping does actually add real dollar value to a home. How to add more dollar but spend less is the key. Curb appeal can be simple, clean and nice.
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j chai, Agent, beaverton, OR
Thu Sep 27, 2012
Landscaping does actually add real dollar value to a home. How to add more dollar but spend less is the key. Curb appeal can be simple, clean and nice.
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j chai, Agent, beaverton, OR
Wed Aug 29, 2012
Curb appeal is always important, but $ is also very important. My answer is pay attention to both.
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Nicholas S N…, , Rockford, IL
Fri May 13, 2011
I do agree with you Alissa that how the landscaping looks would depend on the buyer and what they are looking for. I have always been a strong supporter of keeping up your yard and having nice landscaping (flower beds, trees...).

I have seen some homeowners do overkill with landscaping and you then have overgrown shrubs that cover up the windows of the home... Homeowners that are willing to put the effort into making their home standout with landscaping need to also take the time to keep it up and make sure it keeps the appeal they originally wanted it to have when they put it in.
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Seth Captain, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri May 13, 2011
That depends who designed it. It may actually prevent your home from being sold. But if you have one of those thirty foot waterfalls peeking out between three towering sable palms, and some wild parrots on your jacaranda trees, well, that will certainly attract the buyers
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I agree, Seth, depending on the extensiveness of your landscaping, it can either really add to a home's value, or detract from it. I think a thirty foot waterfall might be a little extreme, but small ponds and waterfalls definitely in most cases, add to a property's value. You can look into a few landscaping companies and see what they have to offer. Many times, landscaping companies can provide a few ideas of what they think would look good on your property.
http://www.budgetlandscapingloveland.com/
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Martin Feinb…, Agent, Culver City, CA
Fri May 13, 2011
Hi Alissa,

I agree with you both, it does depend on what is important to a buyer. However, first impressions on a property are very important. If from the seat of their car, buyers are already making a list of items that need to be fixed...brown grass, overgrown bushes/trees, dead flowers...they will only notice more of the bad when they get inside. Their list of items that need to be done to the property starts getting longer and the price they are willing to offer starts to decrease. There are simple and inexpensive things that can be done to "spruce up" a front yard. Any big box hardware store, like Home Depot, has reasonably priced flowers and plants. If the seller has a green thumb, then great, otherwise the homeowner can possibly hire gardener to come once a week or once every other week for the duration of the listing if they don't already have one.
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James Ward, , Texas
Fri May 13, 2011
curb appeal should always bring a higher sale price -- one reason why there are reality TV shows like Curb Appeal to prove the point. What the return on investment will be is difficult to put a number on. The "right" buyer will pay the price as long as the price is not the highest in the neighborhood if looking for a quick sale. But I agree with you Alissa -- it does depend.
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