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Steve
07-29-2006, 02:21 AM
“Good landscaping could add up to 15 to 20 percent to the value,”

It's getting tougher for people to sell their homes. Curb appeal is more and more a deciding factor in which homes are sold and at what price.

Why not put together some flyers with that quote from above and then offer your services to spruce up a houses 'curb appeal.'



Sold at First Sight (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/30/realestate/30cov.html)- “I had one buyer recently drive up to a house, where the exterior was very drab and had no landscaping, and say, ‘Next!’ without even going in,” Mr. Schoppel said. “Buyers looking at 8, 10, 12 houses in one price range will go with a house with the most amenities in the interior and exterior.”

This shift in market psyche means that now more than ever home sellers and their brokers must make a good first impression by enhancing that all-important “curb appeal” — the comely front porch or neat rows of impatiens or hydrangeas that beckon buyers to take a look inside. Some people are getting help from landscapers, while others are turning to professional home stagers or stylists to conjure up that extra outdoor pizazz.

“Good landscaping could add up to 15 to 20 percent to the value,” said Nancy C. Somerville, the executive vice president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, citing a number of studies over the last few years. “Conversely, if the landscape is poor, you could expect a sale price of 8 to 10 percent below comparable homes with good landscaping.”


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