It’s the first thing we see when we pull up to a home. It’s the first thing we see before we set foot through the door. It’s typically the first photo people see when you list a home on the market.
Curb appeal plays an important role in the value in your home. Even a small change in landscaping can have a profitable return. Curious as to how much of a role curb appeal plays in your home’s value, we asked licensed real estate agent Jill Monnahan her experience when it came to curb appeal and selling real estate.
Q: Do you notice a difference in client’s reactions between homes that have had landscape work done vs. those that have not?
JM: Absolutely. There is nothing like pulling up to a house that has a weed-free, nicely manicured yard and that looks like the Seller’s have pride in their property. Most Buyers will take note of that and it also typically goes hand in hand with the inside of the home too. Seller’s that take great care and attention to their yard tend to do the same inside. A Buyer is also more intrigued to schedule a showing on a home that has great curb appeal.
Q: Do you recommend that those selling their home do some curb appeal work? What would be some tips you would give them?
JM: I always recommend that the shrubs be trimmed, and that no vegetation is touching the home, I recommend getting a lawn treatment plan if their grass appears to be thin or has weeds. I think that along with the grass, the shrubs need to be in good shape too, if not it’s probably time to replace them. Fresh mulch always looks good too. I add that a fresh front door and new on trend house numbers add to curb appeal too.
Q: Do you have a ball park number that you’ve seen landscaping work increases a home’s value by?
JM: I really don’t have a dollar amount. Truth be told it’s not something that can be measured – but I can tell you that it makes a difference and that a Buyer comparing two very similar homes (in terms of age of mechanics, condition, size, neighborhood, etc) that are priced within 1% to 3% of each other – the one that has the best curb appeal or more intriguing outdoor living features is most likely always going to be the winner.