If you are trying to build equity in your home simply to increase the value, there are other projects that are more economical with a larger return on investment (ROI). Here are a couple articles on that subject:
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There is no blank space, or column on an Appraisal sheet that shows; "APPARANCE AND LANDSCAPING OF YARD".
But on HGTV, they are always harping on the CURB APPEAL; they have have a show for it.
But how could you measure it?
If you're trying to sell a house, and you don't have good curb appeal, you're definitely going to have a harder time selling it. You can price the home lower, to account for the lack of good yard, which might help. But you know what they say about first impressions. It's really hard to get past that.
As I said before, there's no way to put a dollar figure on it since I have no idea what kind of property you're talking about, market conditions, price ranges, etc.
It's impossible to quantify--unless you could have comps--similar houses, one with good landscaping, one without. But, just thinking about houses in my area, I'd expect a differential of 3%-4%.
On top of that, the one with better landscaping is likely to sell faster. Some folks will be so turned off by poor curb appeal that they won't even venture into the home. Or, as HomeBuyer suggests, poor curb appeal is likely to suggest that there are other things wrong with the home.
And that's likely the case. Real estate investors often "Drive for Dollars"--driving around neighborhoods looking for properties whose owners are in distress. One of the obvious signals is a poorly maintained lawn and bushes.
Hope that helps.
If you are trying to sell even if you would like to do so by owner I have some great tips to offer you, that will definitely enhance your selling experience.
I cannot assign a numeric value to it ... but one thing I can also add is - a well maintained lawn / curb is the initial requirement before I keep a house on my short list.