Proper lawn care creates impact where it counts: the first impressions. A beautiful lawn will set expectations for the rest of the home, it will differentiate your home from other homes of equal perceived value, and it could very likely add dollar value to your home.
Appearances form impressions, and impressions form everything else. So how can you affect the appearance of your property? A solid technique is to think about investing in quality lawn care. “A nicely cut lawn looks a lot better than one that has weeds and is overgrown,” According to Lakeisha W. Johnson with Absolute Property Solutions, LLC. “A lawn that has been cut and properly edged up looks even better.”
A better managed lawn can be the crucial differentiating factor in adding value to your home, according to Shockley. It can bring yours from good to great. “The real estate market is determined by what a buyer is willing to pay for a home,” she says. “A well-maintained home may bring in a higher dollar if the buyer is comparing the home to one of equal perceived value but appears to not be maintained.”
In summary, we’ve learned that first impressions matter, and that your lawn can provide a wonderful or a poor introduction to the rest of your property. But the real question is: does a well-maintained lawn help sell a home? “Absolutely!” a resounding chorus of real estate experts would shout. “My experience has taught me that there is a direct correlation to landscaping and value,” says Adam Walden of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. “As the home values rise, the expectations of landscaping go along with it.”
“While I don’t believe it has a MAJOR effect on the home’s value, it does provide extra allure,” he says. “There may be a difference of $5k between home A and home B, but because home A has great landscaping that has been maintained, it has become the “nicer” prospect.”