As kids, we learn two fundamental lessons: 1.) Never judge a book by its cover, and 2.) it's what's on the inside that counts. Yet when it comes to the world of real estate, the rules of the playground do not apply. Perhaps you already knew that curb appeal is the golden egg of home value, and according to a survey of 1,250 real estate agents, poor landscaping and hardscaping can have a detrimental impact on a home's worth. In fact, lackluster landscaping can decrease property value by up to 30 percent, according to the survey. However, the pendulum swings both ways, and there are a few easy fixes to remedy things, fast. (Psst—59 percent of real estate agents say that trees are the landscaping element that adds the most value to a home.)
Don’t get us wrong; slapping on a fresh coat of kitchen paint and adding a wet room can totally increase home resale value. But if you’re looking to get top dollar on your listing, we recommend you ignore everything you’ve been teaching your kids and focus on what really matters: outer beauty. Read on for three ways to combat a neglected lawn and improve your home’s first impression.