The real estate market is on the rebound, which means it’s a sellers’ paradise in many places across the country. If you’re thinking about putting your home up for sale, we have two words for you: curb appeal. If you’re looking to woo potential buyers and get the best price for your pad, remember that first impressions count. Take some time before you list to boost your home’s curb appeal by following the suggestions from HouseLogic below. Happy selling!
Essential #1: Trees
Trees provide added value to your home. To determine what your trees are worth, check out the National Tree Benefit Calculator which examines how a tree in a particular zip code affects property values, storm water runoff, carbon dioxide reduction, and energy savings. Did you also know trees can boost the value of your neighbors’ home as well? True story. To add value, however, trees must be healthy, mature but not elderly, native to the area, and appropriate to the neighborhood, according to HouseLogic.
Essential #2: Native Plants
HouseLogic says that if you introduce trees, plants, or shrubs, go native. These plants thrive without a lot of time and resources, can boost your home’s value by $500-$5,000 depending on the size, and help wildlife, too. Additionally, rain gardens with native trees and plants are also becoming a plus for properties “increasingly plagued by extreme weather,” says HouseLogic.
Essential #3: Outdoor Lighting
According to the article, outdoor lighting is consistently ranked at the top of the list of most wanted outdoor features by home buyers. Not only is it desired by home buyers, but it also paints your home at night, highlights great landscaping, directs guests to your home’s focal point, protects against slips and falls, provides added security, and “makes your home feel homier.”
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