With job growth and increasing population affecting all of the DC-Maryland-Virginia Metropolitan, buyers who are new to the area are riding up and down streets looking for their next home. Here is where you come in: you, as a seller, need to make the very best first impression you can. As the saying goes: a first impression means everything. While it is important to have a nice, newly done roof and perhaps a new layer of paint on the siding, your yard could make or break someone’s interest in potentially buying your home.
We’ve all seen that one house on the block before. You know…the property where the house is to-die-for, but the yard surrounding the house looks two steps away from being a full-blown jungle. You definitely do not want to be this person, especially if you’re trying to sell your home. For that reason, it is imperative that you understand the intersection between curb appeal and real estate value, as it is overlooked frequently while being always important. Excellent lawn care effects first impressions the most. A yard that is well landscaped sets an expectation that the rest of the property is up to the same standard, therefore making it more interesting to perspective buyers.
A good landscape is just as important in the D.C. area as it is in any other market. In fact, it very well could be more important. Unlike many other markets, D.C. has immaculate landscape in the downtown area, from the White House to the National Mall. Much like what was mentioned above, these areas, as well as others across the area, set somewhat of a precedent as to what outsiders might be expecting or desiring when they go to search for their new home. For this reason, you should consider getting your lawn up to par with what people have come to love about D.C. itself.
Lawn care is probably the easiest way to increase your property value. In fact, many estimates conclude that landscaping can boost the value of a home by as much as 12 percent. And don’t be intimidated by the idea of landscaping because you think it’s expensive. Cutting the grass to the correct height, mulching, using an edger and a weed whacker, and trimming your bushes are all simple and cost-effective things any homeowner can do to keep get their lawn in shape, and therefore make the best first impression and help the perceived value of your home.