Don't forget Landscaping!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Bain

Does Landscaping Add Value?

           Landscaping will make your home easier to sell, but how much value it actually adds to your Anacortes home varies.  What is important to realize is that prospective buyers see your home on line and then often drive by.  That means that the front always has to be kept free of weeds.  There should always be pots and blooming plants in the yard to add color and warmth.  Lawns must be fertilized, watered and kept green and mowed.

Well-manicured landscaping helps frame other elements of curb appeal. It is considered a value-added feature because it helps create a positive first impression. Most buyers, however, will not pay extra for trees and lawn, flowers and shrubs.  It is expected.

But you can almost always get a return on your investment in decks, patios and outdoor living areas. If you add a deck that gives you a better view, then the value of your home is increased even more.  If you close in your entire deck, that does not add value, but closing in a portion of it does since that still leaves an outdoor living area for bar-b-ques.  Potted plants, freshly edged, green lawn and weed-free garden areas will make your home more attractive and appealing. The more appealing, the more marketable it is and the faster it will sell.

If you are not thinking of selling but are planning on  fixing up your landscaping for your own enjoyment with an eye for resale down the road, consider who the buyer of your home might be.  Baby boomers like low maintenance yards while young families like a fenced yard with a lawn for children.  If you have any real estate related questions, please call or email.   We are always happy to help.



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