REALTOR Magazine Online today posted an article, Landscaped Lots 'Very Important' to Buyers.
In this article, they discuss that many buyers find a home's landscaping to be very important to them when making their buying decision. However, they go on to state that appraisers and tax assessors do not take a home's landscaping into consideration when assessing the value of the home.
How true that is. This goes back to the debate of Value vs. Appeal.
Meticulous landscaping absolutely adds to the appeal of your home. It makes buyers want to get out of their car to take a look inside. It makes agents - and buyers - see that photo of your home online and want to see more.
Poor, shabby landscaping - overgrown trees, lawns not mowed, weeds everywhere - make a home look neglected. What else has been neglected inside the home? That's what will go through the minds of buyers and agents alike.
Does landscaping add value to your home? In a way, but it starts with that appeal. Nice landscaping definitely adds appeal. That appeal will draw buyer and agent interest. That interest will drive buyers and agents to view your home. The more people that view your home, then the better chance of your receiving an offer. Or even multiple offers.
Accept an offer...move forward with your life. There's a lot of value right there. Let your neighbors with the shabby lawns continue to pay the holding costs for their homes. Let them suffer through price reductions because buyers can't get past the front yard. Sell your home faster, stop paying that home's carrying costs, and move into your new home. That's the end goal...and that's the value.
Don Fabrizio-Garcia, REALTOR
Connecticut Real Estate & Appraisals
CT Home Group
Keller Williams CT Realty
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale