Any agent will tell you that as part of preparing to sell your home, you have to get it looking its best. This is what agents call “curb appeal” — that is how the outside of your home puts its best face forward to potential buyers. While you can follow some DIY tips like adding planters, weeding, and trimming back your yard to boost your home’s curb appeal, there are some compelling reasons to hire a landscaping company to do the job for you. Here’s why you should consider adding this service to your list of pre-moving necessities.
A landscaper will assess your curb appeal as a whole, and this can have a big payoff
Curb appeal isn’t only about how your home looks, it’s also how it looks as compared to other similar homes in your area. A landscaper can put your home in the context of other properties that they have worked on, and use this knowledge to make recommendations for improving the overall outside look of your home, considering styles that will not only fit your front yard, but the neighborhood as a whole. Taking this important step can pay off when it comes to the final sale of your home. In fact, HomeLight’s research indicates that a well-landscaped exterior can boost a home’s value between 1% and 5%. That means hiring a landscaper could bring you a positive return on your investment when it comes to the final sale of your home.
You can opt for a yard that’s eco-friendly and low-maintenance
You might think that if you hire a landscaper you are going to end up with a well-manicured front yard that will wow buyers, but in fact, a yard that is too involved could be a deterrent, as buyers might worry about the time and money involved in its upkeep. A landscaper can help you find the balance between a design that will appeal to buyers and also be relatively easy to keep up — that’s right, a yard that offers that wow factor and is low-maintenance. Another bonus is that you can work with a landscaper to add eco-friendly designs with grass alternatives like groundcovers or a rock garden that don’t require mowing. In the process of planning, you can also add an irrigation and drainage system that can save water and put buyers at ease about the upkeep of their new yard.
Suggest plants for your region and climate
When you opt for a DIY landscaping job, you might be at a loss for which plants or flowers are best for your climate. As top real estate agents will advise you, what you want is curb appeal that can work for you all year long. A landscaper can advise you on the best curb appeal plants that are native to your area, including perennial beds and wildflowers. While you could research which greenery will feel most at home in your yard, you can save time and avoid mistakes by going straight to a professional.
You could save money in the long run
The bottom line is that curb appeal is one of the most important features to sell your home, so it’s wise to work with a professional to take it up a notch. While it’s an investment, it’s one that will pay off and save you time and money by offering the best solution for your yard.