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Improving Home Value with Curb Appeal

MIssy Iemmello, Weichert Realtors

Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 5:03pm

Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression it gives to passersby. When your home is on the market, this is very important but, even if it’s not, there is pride of ownership that comes with having a well-maintained and manicured home.

What’s more, several types of landscaping and outdoor features can actually help lend both functionality and resale value to your home.

  • When it comes to trees, there are many benefits. When healthy and mature, trees have been known to improve property values, block and absorb storm water runoff, and provide energy savings by shading your home in summer and providing windbreaks that help keep it warm in winter.
  • Outdoor lighting is a landscaping essential that is desired by a large number of homebuyers. Aesthetically, soft lighting makes your home feel warm and inviting and also allows you to direct attention to a focal point like the front door or flowering trees. From a safety perspective, outdoor lighting makes it more difficult for an intruder to enter your home and also can protect guests from falling. 
  • Additional curb appeal enhancements you might consider include fencing, retaining walls, attractive walkways and exterior door and garage replacements.
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