Improving Your Home's Value One Space at a Time: Landscaping

We've said it time and again: your home's exterior is the first impression potential home buyers get when shopping homes. So it's important to start here. A home with a gorgeous yard isn't just easy on the eyes. Studies have shown that homes with well-landscaped yards sell for up to ten percent more! So why aren't you paying more attention to yours? In this week's blog, the Fran Campbell Team offers some super simple solutions for improving your home's value through its landscaping.

Stage the Entryway
The main focal point of your home's exterior is typically the entryway. Stage this area to tie in with the season. So for Summer, use brightly colored potted plants, vibrant cushion covers on your porch swing, and bright lighting. Touch up the paint on your door jambs, railings and window panes to make your entryway seem brighter and more inviting.

Prune the Bushes and Trees
Regardless of the season, it's a good idea to tackle any overlooked pruning chores because nothing says neglect like a bunch of dead branches. The idea is to show how well not only your house but your garden has been maintained. Not only does it keep your lawn looking well-manicured, but it prevents potential damage from occurring to roofs, siding, and even your home's foundation!

Maintain Any Water Features
Having a Koi pond or Goldfish pond in your yard can be a really neat attribute that buyers may find enchanting. But if you haven't given it any attention and it's full of algae and leaves, it's going to be quite an unsightly turnoff to buyers. Get rid of any visible algae, remove leaves and clean filters so that the water is crystal clear.

Repair Faucet Leaks and Irrigation Issues
If there are any issues with your irrigation system or leaky outdoor faucets, fix them. A leaking faucet suggests that there may be other problems elsewhere in the plumbing, and that can be an instant turnoff to buyers. Irrigation system repairs can be pretty expensive, so buyers may see that as a risk they don't want to take and your home may get nixed from their list of potential homes. 

Power Wash Sidewalks, Driveways and Siding
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your landscaping is to pay attention to how your sidewalks, driveway, and siding looks. If it's nice and clean, your home will present more nicely and give the impression that your home is well-maintained. If the siding is covered in mildew and grass clippings, buyers may see that as negligence and question other aspects of your home's cleanliness and care.

The hardest part about selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks is to get serious buyers through your door. By tackling some of these tedious lawn maintenance and care tasks, you can more easily draw in those more serious buyers and improve your home's market value by up to ten percent. For more tips on improving your home's value and strategies for selling a home, trust the Fran Campbell Team, the best real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks, to have your back throughout your entire real estate transaction. Stay tuned for next week's blog where we'll give you tips for improving your home's value in the kitchen!


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