When you’re prepping your home to put it up for sale, you want to get the best bang for your buck.

Giving your landscape a facelift is a great way to do that. Investing in your landscape can boost your home’s value by 10 to 20 percent. More often than not, landscaping expenses are fully recovered after your home’s sold, and it's even possible to pull in double the amount you spent on landscape enhancements when it’s all said and done.

Keep reading to learn more about the pre-sale landscaping projects that have the best payoff.

Putting your home up for sale? Add value to your yard first

So now you know a well-landscaped yard can tack on thousands of dollars to the final sales price of your home. But you haven’t even heard the best part: it’s the little things that yield the biggest return.

Add value to your yard with landscaping

Backyard landscape improvements like patios or pools certainly have a wow factor. But the truth is you don’t have to spend a pretty penny for your yard to catch a potential buyer’s eye.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, modest enhancements like a manicured lawn and well-kept plants and trees appeal to potential buyers more than flashy backyard upgrades. Likewise, the National Association of Home Builders found that aspiring homeowners love low-maintenance landscapes stocked with plants native to the region.

Value-adding landscaping ideas for your yard,

Get the most out of your landscape investment by sprucing up what you have and adding a few new fixings.

  • Add trees or shrubs native to your area. Native plants save you time and money because they survive all your region’s weather elements. And, they’re a perk for prospective homebuyers because they typically require less maintenance than non-native plants.
  • Polish up your lawn. You can overseed to green up bare areas, keep the lawn well-watered and fertilized, and remove unattractive weeds like crabgrass.
  • Have a professional arborist prune your mature trees. Studies show established trees alone can add 10 percent to a property’s value. With a proper prune, your mature trees will look their best when it’s time for their open house debut!
  • Incorporate simple enhancements to make the yard look inviting. Your landscape is a potential buyer’s first introduction to your home, and it could very well make or break their overall impression. Quick projects like installing a stone walkway, planting colorful flowers, ridding your yard of weeds and topping off plant beds with mulch are all great options.
  • If you have lots of lead time before your home goes on the market, consider planting trees that will conserve energy. Strategically placed trees can help reduce an energy bill by 30 percent, which can be a big selling point for potential buyers.

Want more value? Here are the trees you should cut down or keep up to help sell your home.

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