In a market where Sellers are in competition to make the most out of their largest investment, improving your home's first impression is one of the best ways to set it apart from the rest of the pack.
The first impression is critical in setting the mood. If the home's exterior looks like it needs work, then it may be assumed that the interior need work as well. The opposite is true if the lawn is manicured, the roof in good shape and the driveway in good condition. Having a buyer walk through the front door in a positive mode can translate into big dollars.
Two studies in 2011 measured the effect of landscaping on property values and determined that basic, good landscaping increased a home's value by 5% and extensive landscaping, including decks and patios, increased the homes value by up to 15%.