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9 Ways to Add Curb Appeal for a Quick Home Sale

Some descriptionIn this Angie's List article, Jeff Newborn, district manager of Davey's Kansas City office, gives homeowners nine ways to add curb apeal to their home. 

Posted: April 13, 2015

With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to fix up your yard. If you are planning to sell your home, this will help prepare your house to be put on the market. Curb appeal is the No. 1 factor in determining a home sale.

The National Association of Realtors reported in 2013 that “gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects.”

In fact, well-maintained yards yield a higher price and quicker sale. A manicured landscape can add up to 28 percent to the overall value of a house and an attractive yard can cut a property’s time on the market up to 15 percent.

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Your front yard is a chance to make a statement that will define the potential of the inside of the house. If prospects don’t like what they see from the curb, they probably won’t even step inside.

The Arbor Day Foundation reports that 98 percent of Realtors believe mature trees have a strong impact on the salability of homes listed for more than $250,000. Even basic maintenance can give properties an upgrade.

Don’t know where to start? From simple updates to complete yard makeovers, there are many ways to improve curb appeal. And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are nine tips to boost your curb appeal:

1. Clean up the yard

Remove dead branches, weeds and debris to get started.

2. Evaluate plant health

Remove and replace dead and dying plants with healthy foliage suitable for the site. The key to landscaping is upkeep.

3. Keep it simple

Design your yard with plants and grasses that work well in your environment and don't need a lot of water, fertilizer and pruning.

4. Pull eyes to the front door

Plant small, low plants up front. Place shrubs behind them and small ornamental trees in the rear.

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