While many homeowners clean and upgrade the house from the interior when selling, many seem to forget the exterior of the home. This is the ‘face’ of the home and gives buyers their first impression. This critical area is often overlooked, but by paying attention to some details beyond your front porch can increase the value of the house anywhere from $1,000 to over $10,000.
Here are a few things you can do to give your exterior of your home the attention it deserves:
HUG A TREE
For the tree huggers out there, your tree will be utmost thankful for the affection especially when it’s on your front lawn. According to an article written by Lindsay Purcell, Urban Forest Specialist at Perdue University, based on the assessment of the tree and in relation to the property site and location, a tree’s appraised value can start from $1000. And according to Landscape Ontario, trees also appreciate with time, and enhance property value from 5-20%. So think before you cut. Trees add value and are attractive accessories to any home. I hug my magnolia and birch tree whenever I can.
PLANT SOME SHRUBS AND FLOWERS
Like a pearl necklace around a woman’s neck, shrubs and flowers add beauty to any home. It also increases its value, especially in the front yard. And according to HomeGain’s 2012 National Home Improvement Survey, there is a 215% return on investment by landscaping alone. First impressions happen before entering the house – a welcoming home begins in the front yard.
DECK A YARD WITH A DECK
Any new couple’s dream home would have deck or patio to host friends and family. And as one of the most profitable home improvements, why not give that new couple a deck of their dreams? The average deck price is under $15,000 and increases your home’s resale value by $10,000.
REMEMBER THE K.I.S.S FACTOR: KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID
Not everyone would appreciate a replica of Michaelangelo’s David on the front lawn, or a fountain of Britannica. And in some cases, a pool in the backyard could turn off some potential buyers especially ones with small children where safety is a concern. Some don’t care for the maintenance that is involved. An attractive landscape is also one that is easy to maintain.
A GOOD LANDSCAPE RESPECTS THE ENVIRONMENT
Many investors and homebuyers are not only interested by the home’s lovely lawn, but rather what’s accompanies it: a zoned irrigation system on automatic timers that water different areas according to each area’s need. Rather than jacking up your water bill by leaving out a sprinkler until midnight, an irrigation system cuts down your water usage, and water bill.
Quality landscaping can also reduce noise pollution into the home and lowers heating and cooling costs, says Landscape Ontario. Trees help us breath! One mature tree can provide enough oxygen for two people and absorb up to 42lbs of carbon dioxide a year. And before you consider cutting your 12 inch sugar maple, it removes 60 mg of cadmium, 140 mg of chromium, 820 mg of nickel and 5,200 mg of lead from the environment each growing season – not to mention can give you delicious maple syrup in March.
With summer nearly here, what better time to think about doing an upgrade to the great outdoors – of your home, that is. Working in your yard will certainly give you a good return on your investment and increase the value of your home by refining what sits on the outskirts of your house. And as real estate market sales peak from March to September, your house isn’t hiding behind 10 feet of that Toronto snow. So tidy up beyond your front porch and open the door to more buyers.