Outdoor assets raise home values

If a home is perched on a plot that is healthy and vibrant, everything about the house will be more appealing. Stephanie and Kyle MacDonald, a husband-and-wife team at Keller Knapp Realty, say good curb appeal is one of the three most important components when selling a home, and it contributes to achieving a higher selling price and a faster sale.  

“When a buyer arrives at your home, typically 80 percent of their criteria has already been met – location, budget, size, school district — which means you’re only trying to win over the last 20 percent, and the home’s exterior is the first thing the buyer sees,” Stephanie says. “A lasting first impression can go a long way!”

Floating fact: Eighty-nine percent of buyers shop online before ever going to see a home in person, and the first picture they usually see is the home’s front exterior, so it’s essential that a home’s curb appeal and landscaping look its best for pictures and showings.

Here are their tips for making a home feel rooted in Piedmont abundance.

  1. Containers that Compliment

Outdoor containers for patios and decks offer instant color and visual interest — plus you can take them with you! Stephanie recommends selecting a landscaping style as well as plant colors that complement the home’s style and colors while selecting plants appropriate for the season so each pop of color is in full bloom.

  1. Outdoor Living Spaces

Having a great outdoor space, especially if it connects to the home’s interior entertaining space, is essentially a continuation of the home and expands the home’s functional living space. In Atlanta, most homeowners can enjoy their outdoor living spaces year-round.  

“Some great ways to add more appeal to outdoor living spaces are lighting — bistro lights are affordable and adorable! — comfy outdoor furniture, a table and chairs, and a sparkling grill. Make the space feel inviting and help the buyer envision entertaining friends and family,” Stephanie says.

  1.             From Boring Backyard to Botanical Garden

Give your mind a break from the specs of a house by highlighting details in the garden. Littering even a small garden plot with little name tags makes each flower seem like a friendly character.

For more information, visit KellerKnappRealty.com.