The financial significance of proper lawn care is no more evident than when comparing home sales and homes with and without good landscaping and curb appeal.
Landscaping is a great way to increase your home's value, comparable to a new kitchen or bathroom renovation. According to the U.S. Homeowners Landscaping, Lawn Care and Tree Care Survey, conducted by the Gallup Organization, landscaping can add between a 7% and 15% increase to your home's value.
A study at Clemson University confirmed these findings, comparing equivalent homes with "excellent", "good" and "average" landscaping. The homes with "excellent" landscaping expected a sale price 6-7% higher than the lawns with a "good" rating. Similar results showed that homes with "good" landscaping improved sale value by 4-5% versus homes with an "average" rating.
REALTORS® all over the country are suggesting that their clients improve the look of the their landscaping. Even if your home is perfect on the inside, a bad view from the outside can literally turn people away. An amazing "82% of surveyed agents have had potential buyers decline to look at the interior of a home due to its exterior appearance," according to the survey Real Estate Agent Community Trends (REACT)