July 21st

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Your lawn and landscape have a lot to do with the first impression potential buyers have of your home – that all-important curb-appeal factor. A recent study from the Virginia Cooperative Extension specifies which changes will increase your home value and which ones will have a negative effect.

A well-maintained lawn, which provides a safe place for kids and pets to play especially in the era of COVID-19, leads the pack among exterior improvements that net the biggest reward. It’s so important, in fact, that almost 91% of Realtors® recommend basic yard care service before listing a home.

Trees are tops, as well. According to the survey, the mere presence of trees increases neighborhood property values by as much as 15%.

Removing weeds is another simple improvement that packs a big punch. A tidy lawn is a signal to buyers that a home is well-maintained. Next up – a landscaped pathway leading to your front door and outdoor lighting that offers a layer of security and a warm, inviting glow.

Another easy way to reap a big return on your investment? Mulch. Adding mulch not only creates a polished look in your yard, it also helps your plants and trees retain their moisture – especially important during the hot days of summer.

Adding a pop of color in pots and flower beds is another way to draw positive attention from buyers. Selecting plants that are native to your climate is the most climate-sensitive and maintenance-free choice.

As for the yard “don’ts” that you should avoid if you want to get the best offer possible on your home? Artificial grass, outdoor water features, an untended garden, a broken fence, and (maybe surprisingly!) a swimming pool or hot tub are at the top of the list.

To learn more about the value of the yard for property values, people, and pets, go to TurfMutt.com.