As you are considering the improvements and updates you can do around your home, you often focus on things inside the home that will improve its function and value. These are great ideas, but if you only focus on the interior, you aren't going to be able to sell your home quickly and for a good price. Why? Because people who don't see an attractive exterior will just drive right on by your home. So if you're going to focus on the home's exterior, where should you focus? While landscaping and flower gardens are nice, the first and most important place to focus your efforts is on the lawn.
Growing and maintaining a beautiful lawn is, in the grand scheme of home repairs, a relatively affordable task. It doesn't take much of an investment to improve the look of your lawn. In fact, a beautiful yard can increase your home's value by as much as 15%, bringing as much as a 200% return on investment! Those are numbers worth thinking twice about.
Why are lawns so important to buyers? First, an ugly lawn instantly detracts from the overall look of the home. It makes the home look like it's not been well cared for. After all, if you don't have the time or funds to care for your lawn well, why would you have the time and funds to care for your home?
Second, the lawn is the place where outdoor fun takes place. A beautiful lawn is something that buyers can picture themselves enjoying right away, so it is something that makes the home more appealing.
Finally, an unkempt lawn is something the buyer will know he has to fix, so it makes the home seem less valuable. No one wants to buy someone else's problems, and this applies to the lawn just like it does the plumbing. Since the lawn is the first thing people will see, ignoring it will stop many buyers from even touring the home. If they don't see the home, they can't fall in love with it, and you will struggle to sell it in a timely manner.
When it comes to home sales, first impressions are critical. If you don't make a good first impression, you won't sell the home quickly. Your lawn is an important part of that critical first impression. It sets the expectations for everything else the people will see in the home. If the lawn is beautiful and well-kept, potential buyers will expect to see a home that is as well. If the lawn is a mess, they're going to be looking at the home with a more critical eye.
What about a home with tall, mature trees and plenty of shade? Growing a lawn in these conditions is tough at best, impossible in many instances. So what can you do? The key here is to make sure the landscaping and lawn fits the rest of the neighborhood. In an old neighborhood with mature foliage, the lawn is a component, but not the center star, of the landscaping. If your home blends in well and looks attractive compared to others in your community, you are in good shape.
A beautiful lawn is the first step to selling your home quickly. Our local REALTORS® at Remerica Hometown III are ready to offer more tips that will help you get an offer quickly. Contact us today to discuss your home selling goals.