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3 Outdoor Projects That Can Enhance Curb Appeal & Home Value (and Hide that You’re a Dog Owner!)

Brie Stephens

Brie has always been a fan of all things associated with Lake Life living...

Brie has always been a fan of all things associated with Lake Life living...

Jun 7 11 minutes read

3 Outdoor Projects That Can Enhance Curb Appeal & Home Value (and Hide that You’re a Dog Owner!)

Written by Medina James

Are you preparing to sell your home? Then you should think about looking for projects that will ensure your home will make a lasting impression on potential buyers. Also known as boosting curb appeal, focusing on the outside of your home is one of the best tactics for attracting more viewings, more interest and eventually more offers. It’s even more important to tidy up your outdoors spaces if you have a beloved pooch that’s done some damage to your front or back yard. Potential buyers may be turned off if they think your home comes with outdoor (or indoor) doggy damage.


If you want your listing to stand out to potential homebuyers, the Lake Life Realty Team suggests you consider working on one of these projects first:

Get Your Gardens in Top Shape 

If you are thinking about selling your home now or in the future, you should know that gardens can boost appeal for potential buyers. More than ever, folks are looking for relaxing and beautiful outdoor spaces when they are looking for new homes. So you should be sure that your home’s gardens are spruced up before you think about having photos taken or having your home listed.

Don’t have a lot of gardening experience? Then look for local gardeners who can provide the expert guidance and help you need to get your flowers, plants and trees into shape. A professional gardener can assist you with just about any garden-related task, from planting new flowers to planning new designs to weeding existing gardens. If you are looking to keep costs low and maintenance to a minimum, you should also ask your professional gardener about waterwise garden options. The plants used in these eco-friendly and cost-effective gardens can vary by geographical area, so having expert help can really come in handy.

Give Your Landscaping a Makeover 

Having luscious gardens in either the front or back of your home can help add value and appeal, but you also need to pay close attention to your lawn. A healthy and green lawn can really help your home stand out from the competition and can attract more interest from buyers, so make sure you know which steps are most important when it comes to keeping your front lawn vibrant. Maintaining a green lawn can require ample watering, frequent weeding and consistent fertilizing.

If you do not have time to tend to these tasks on your own, you may want to ask your gardener about helping out with these projects as well, or at least ask for recommendations for a professional lawn care service. Using lawn care companies can be a smart move anyhow when you are trying to sell a home, since you won’t have to worry about keeping up with any mowing or weeding on your own. Then you can spend your time on other projects that will help you make a killer first impression, like adding porch decor or cleaning up exterior areas.

Lastly, take a look at any trees in your yard and determine if there are any that need to be removed. Dead or dying trees not only look bad, but they can also pose a significant risk to your property. Hire professionals to remove the tree (you can find tree-removal companies on sites like Angi.com), though you need to prepare yourself for the cost. If the tree in question is large or difficult to remove, you could pay upwards of $1,600 before all is said and done. It’s also a good idea to ask questions to determine if there are any hidden fees you need to know about.

Highlight Your Added Curb Appeal 

If you are going to put time, energy and money into adding curb appeal to your property, you want to make sure that buyers will be able to see all your improvements. Exterior lighting is an effective way to accomplish this, and will help your home make the best first impression. In fact, even well-placed exterior lighting is one of the top home features that buyers look for when they are searching for a new home, and outdoor lighting is the second most-desired outdoor feature sought after by buyers.

You can enhance your home’s exterior glow with pendant lights on the porch, spotlights along the walls and walkway lights along sidewalks and paths. In addition to boosting your home’s curb appeal, adding exterior lights can also provide some added safety and security. If you are interested in further increasing safety and security for your home, you can also think about adding motion-sensing lights to the exterior, which can be low-cost deterrents for would-be criminals, or you could even invest in smart lighting for your home. 

You would never go to a job interview without looking your best. So make sure your home looks its best before you list it on the real estate market. Because making the right first impression is essential for selling your home faster and for more money, and taking on projects that will enhance curb appeal is the most effective way of helping your home stand out to shoppers.

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in Moultonborough? Let the Lake Life Realty Team take the stress out of the process for you! Schedule a call using our online form or by dialing 603-819-8071.

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First-Time Seller “Setback” #1

You’ll Experience Surprisingly Strong Feelings About Your Home

How to Prepare:

Leave Emotions Out of the Transaction

It’s time to book a therapy appointment, get back in your favorite stress-relieving exercise routine and have your best friend on speed-dial. Even when you’re excited about your new home or have been counting down the days to move out (and away from a neighbor), selling your home is a life change that will stir up emotions you didn’t expect to have. 

Whether you’re nostalgic about the memories and question if you really want to sell, or a potential buyer’s comment about renovating the kitchen you loved dearly makes you deeply angry, take a breath, calm down and hold off on sudden decisions. Emotional reactions might make you feel better in the short-term, but the feeling won’t last. Always think of the big picture and your goals before changing course. 

First-Time Seller “Setback” #2

Your Home Will Need A Lot of Staging

How to Prepare

Make Sure Your Home Is Impeccable to Begin With

Even if you feel very confident in your taste in decor, anything that fills your home is a potential distraction for buyers. It’s nothing personal, though it feels that way. Your Realtor is going to likely suggest a thorough staging to show your home in the very best light to a buyer, so you can get the best offers. 

Any work you can do on your home now will save you the time and cost of what the stager will have to do later. Go ahead and do the big decluttering project you’ve been meaning to do, rent a storage unit for that big sectional that takes up your living room, organize your wardrobe so your closet looks picture-perfect, and start selecting neutral paint colors for every room. Hire cleaners to do the kind of deep-clean you would do if you were moving out of a rental.

First-Time Seller “Setback” #3

The Buyer’s Inspector Will Turn Up Many Issues

How to Prepare

Get a Pre-Inspection

You remember the short novel-length inspection report that you received from your inspector back when you bought your home, right? And how you hired the most thorough inspector you could find? That’s what a potential buyer is going to do with your home.

Acting now to address any issues will save you the headaches that pop up when a potential buyer looks to negotiate based on an inspection report. A pre-listing home inspection will turn up things you should repair, potential problems you might not even know about, and gives you a clear answer on the exact condition of your home. Concerned about cost? Your Realtor will advise on the changes worth the money, and what’s okay to leave as-is.

First-Time Seller “Setback” #4

Low-Ball Offers

How to Prepare

Realize That Not Everyone Sees Your Home Like You Do

There’s a difference between an offer that is slightly below asking price and one that’s tens of thousands below that. The latter will trigger a strong emotion (so go to #1 on this list) but will ultimately be rejected outright without thought. However, if you are fixated on low offers, a change in perspective might be in order.

Recognize that low offers are real-life feedback about your home. If there is something about your home that a range of buyers considers an issue, it’s an opportunity to address that. Or, this might be a time to address your expectations. If the offers aren’t far off from your price and you’re disappointed because you envisioned offers far above asking, recognize that fantasy isn’t reality. While you see all the potential value in the home you’ve loved, others see the property as it is: A property. 

First-Time Seller “Setback” #5

A Buyer Wants Many Concessions and Contingencies

How to Prepare

Understand That EVERYTHING Is Negotiable

Whether we’re talking about lower offers, a back-and-forth about making changes based on an inspection report or a potential buyer who comes back with multiple contingencies, understand that you have power as a seller (even if your area is a buyer’s market). You can always say no, or you can always counter. 

Basically, everything is a negotiation. It might help to think of this as an ordinary transaction — like buying a car — instead of selling your home. Just as you wouldn’t even think about buying a car without negotiating, a buyer is going to do the same on this even-larger-ticket item. And just as an auto dealer wouldn’t accept just any offer, you don’t have to give in on every ask. You also have the advantage of a great Realtor who will advocate on your behalf every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to let them know your comfort level at any time.

In the end, selling your home for the first time is an opportunity to learn about real estate. The more you know before you sell, the bigger the advantage you’ll have in the end. You’ll be calm, focused on decisions that benefit your sale, and even more knowledgable about what concerns you can bring to your Realtor.

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