Real estate:

Don't overlook landscaping when preparing to sell

When people are viewing a house that they may potentially buy, one of the first things they’re going to notice is the house’s landscaping.

First impressions go a long way in the home buying process, and bad landscaping can make or break a sale. You only get one shot to impress potential buyers enough to get them through the front door. Increasing curb appeal doesn’t just bring people in, though. Adding curb appeal is a great way to increase the resale value of your home. Estimates vary, but in the Houston area, for example, Houston TX. real estate agents often see exterior improvement and landscaping return on investment (ROI) start at 150% — and often exceed that. For relatively little cost, you can drive up your home’s appraisal value with low-cost, high-return investments in landscaping and exterior improvements.

A general rule of thumb is to spend 10% of your home's value on landscaping.

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