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Increasing your Highlands Ranch Real Estate Value with Landscaping


July 13, 2016

Installing and maintaining neighborhood-appropriate landscaping for your home will significantly affect your Highlands Ranch property value. In fact, your landscaping not only increases your property value, it also affects the value of every home in your neighborhood. At Colorado Home Sales, we know that when you get ready to sell your home, it is important to maximize your home’s value and income potential, so we are offering these tips to help you increase your – and your neighbors' – real estate values.

In general, landscaping typically refers to trees, lawns, bushes, etc. However, other things can be considered part of landscaping such as fire pits, patios, outdoor kitchens, lighting, and decks – all of which can add value to the home. It is advisable to check out what your neighbors have done and keep landscaping maintenance and improvements on par with neighborhood norms.

The first ten seconds when a prospective homebuyer drives up and sees your Highlands Ranch home, is the time it takes for them to determine if they even want to get out and come in to look around. Curb appeal is the homeowner’s opportunity to make a great first impression and is essential when selling a home.

If you make a positive change to your landscaping, studies have shown that it will enhance the price and reduce a home’s time on the market. But if the change is negative or if there is overall neglect of the landscaping, it can lower the price and lengthen the time a home remains for sale.

If you are considering landscape installation or makeovers for your home, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Is the landscaping attractive enough to make the prospective buyer walk through the front door? Keep the design contemporary and in line with comparable properties in the area.
  • Could the landscaping provide cost savings? Landscaping that requires little or no extra water to maintain is desirable in the Highlands Ranch area. For example, using native plants and following the 7 principles of Denver xeriscaping design would be attractive cost savings measures.   
  • Is the landscaping energy-efficient for the home? For example, it’s a good idea to plant trees in a location so that they block the sun in the hot months of the year.
  • Are the trees planted a safe distance from the home, and are they healthy and well maintained? Weak, old or damaged trees planted too close to a home or building could pose dangers to the home’s structure and will need to be removed.
At Colorado Home Sales, we have a multi-point marketing plan for every home we sell. We use multiple avenues of marketing for your property, to guarantee you will get the most for your Real Estate Sale. Whether you are buying, selling or renting, we are your go-to, one-stop real estate company. We are located in Denver, CO and serve the greater Denver area – including, Lakewood, Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, and Highlands Ranch. Call us at 720-220-2059.

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