You might not be ready to sell your home, but a picture perfect lawn makes buyers wish it were on the market. While bay windows, brick siding and a four-season porch are must-haves for some, a healthy lawn is a must for nearly everyone. Think about it, would the White House be as gorgeous without its acres of green grass? Or the most beautiful home on your block for that matter? When it comes to homeownership, your lawn matters as much as any room indoors. Give it some love and reap the rewards!
Break up the Monotony
If you took a poll of everyone in your neighborhood, how would they rate your home? Would it even stand out? It’s common for homes in the same area to be about the same size and style – what sets them apart is their lawns. If you go the extra mile with your lawn, it will stand out from the crowd, just like the one that’s ignored and malnourished (most streets have that one house). We’re not saying lawn care is a competition; but you’re definitely not winning if you don’t try.
Setting the Tone
If your home were a person, a great lawn would be its firm handshake and welcoming smile. While its best not to judge a book by its cover, prospective homebuyers often do. Your home’s curb appeal is one factor that affects a person’s mood before they step inside. It’s human nature to associate a first encounter with the rest of an experience. An amazing lawn raises expectations for the rest of a tour. More importantly, the first impression is the last thing people will remember.
A Lawn Correlates with Price
Home improvement projects mean one thing when you’re trying to sell your home: return on investment. Not only does a pristine lawn provide a great return, it doesn’t cost as much as that added value. In other words, you’re not going to get 100-200% of your money back with countertops, appliances and flooring, but you could with great lawn care. When people see a lawn, they imagine themselves entertaining, playing and relaxing with family and friends. You can’t put a price on those kinds of memories, but you can put a price on a home.
Given that a lawn adds so much to a home, you’re probably wondering how to get the most out of yours. Like anything else, the more you know about your lawn, the better care you can give it. There’s always something new to learn, even for experts who dedicate their life to lawns. Think you’re a lawn care master? Check out our quiz, “How Well Do You Know Your Lawn?” to test your knowledge. If you don’t score so well, see it as an opportunity to discover more about your lawn! It may just attract a homebuyer someday.