Did you know keeping your landscaping well-maintained can significantly affect your home's value? According to a study by the Appraisal Institute, the largest association of real estate appraisers in the country, great landscaping can boost a home's price and even reduce the time it is on the market. However, the exact opposite is also true— bad landscaping outside of your home in Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters or Hedgesville can lower the price and keep it on the market much longer.
When selling your Eastern Panhandle home this summer, curb appeal is one area to which you should pay close attention. Homes in Jefferson County and Berkeley County with less than appealing landscaping or exteriors can take themselves out of the running with potential homebuyers, not to mention impact their resale value. But boosting your home's curb appeal, and thus its appeal to potential Eastern Panhandle homebuyers, doesn't have to break the bank! Adding features like new trees, bushes, flowers and even adding a new deck, patio, fire pit or simple outdoor lighting can do wonders for a home's value.
One simple way to stay on track with your landscaping projects this summer is to take a look around the neighborhood. What are other West Virginia homeowners implementing at their homes? What sort of landscaping do they have around their front door? Is the home lit up at night? These are areas to pay attention to when preparing your own landscaping and home value boosting projects.
As an Eastern Panhandle homeowners, a few other questions to ask yourself about the quality of your home's outdoor spaces might include:
- Does the landscaping look great enough to prompt buyers to walk through the door?
- Is the design similar to other homes in the area?
- Is the landscaping energy and cost efficient? For instance, planting a tree in an area that receives a lot of sun can help to keep your West Virginia home cool during the summer months.
- Does my existing landscaping look healthy and well-maintained? Have I tended to old or damaged landscaping?
- Are all of the trees a safe distance from my home?
Curb appeal is important to homeowners in Jefferson County and Berkeley County this summer as it can significantly improve your home's value. With just a few easy projects, you can be well on your way to improving not only the look of your home, but its resale value in the long run. If you have any questions about how you can attract potential homebuyers to your property this summer, contact the Kable Team! We'd love to hear from you!
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