The outdoor appearance of your home goes a long way in adding value to your overall property. In fact, if you’re considering selling your home at some point in the future, the curb appeal factor can actually make—or break—your sale. Potential buyers desire a home that looks well-maintained and inviting and landscaping can make that happen.

Realtors say that buyers’ first impressions of your home can make a big difference in whether they ultimately choose to buy. Have you ever heard how first impressions are made within seven seconds of meeting someone? Well, the same can be said of a home. Driving up to a nicely landscaped property is going to give a much better impression than a property that hasn’t been maintained. Since potential buyers start forming opinions as soon as they pull up to a home they’re considering, that’s important.

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You might be wondering exactly how much value you will get for your investment in landscaping. The exact numbers can vary dramatically and we’ve seen figures all over the board. But the fact is, it will give you some return. To give one example, Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of the HGTV show Backyard Transformations has been quoted saying that a good landscape design can increase the value of a home by as much as 10 to 12 percent. Of course, it will also go a long way in impacting that “first impression” that really matters to a home sale.

In terms of which projects are going to give you the most bang for your buck, outdoor living areas are one of the hottest trends out there and are definitely a desirable feature that buyers seek out. Whether you add hardscaping such as a patio, or even a complete outdoor kitchen, it’s also a space that you and your family will enjoy before making a future sale of your home.

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Of course, if you’re looking to sell soon and are seeking out landscaping that is going to give you immediate value, then your best bet is to invest in front yard curb appeal—specifically in some color. Colorful beds at the front of your home will give you a big boost in curb appeal for a reasonable investment. You’ll also want to be sure your front yard plant beds are cleaned up with fresh mulch and no weeds or overgrowth. A lot of times potential buyers spend time driving around and will knock a home off their list without even going inside if the front yard is a mess.

There’s no question that landscaping brings value. Regardless of whether you plan to sell or not, you want your home to be warm, welcoming, and aesthetically pleasing—if not for future buyers, for yourself and your family! Landscaping can provide just that.

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