Improving Curb Appeal
Date: June 25, 2020
Curb appeal goes a long way toward attracting potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, first impressions of a property have a strong influence on buyers. Landscaping and external features can do much to influence such impressions.
- Low maintenance lifestyle: When choosing materials for projects, those that offer low-maintenance patio materials, composite decking, vinyl fencing, and inorganic mulched beds.
- Fire pit: A fire pit can be used for much of the year. In the spring ad summer, the fire pit is a great place to congregate to roast marshmallows or sip wine and gaze into the fire. In the fall, the fire pit can make for a cozy retreat. A fire pit that has a gas burner is low maintenance, and the National Association of Landscape Professionals says that most can recoup about $4,000 of their $6,000 average price tag.
- Softscaping: Hardscaping refers to structures like outdoor kitchens or decks. Softscaping involves the living elements of the landscape. Hiring a landscape designer to install trees, shrubs, natural edging, and rock elements can do wonders toward improving the look and value of a home.
- Pool or water feature: In certain markets, particularly hot climates, a pool or another water feature is a must have. However, in other areas where outdoor time is limited, a pool can actually lower the value of a home. Speaking with a real estate professional can give homeowners and idea of how a pool will fare in a given neighborhood.
Outdoor improvements can improve the marketability of a home, as well as enhance its appearance and function.