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Does keeping your Franklin lawn green put more green in your pocket

Can you put more Green in your pocket and increase your homes market value by keeping the lawn green?

Today we are talking curb appeal, and how it can put some money into your pocket when it comes time to sell your Franklin home.

Take a look at the two homes below that our team has marketed for sale.  The first thing that you notice in both photos is the meticulous care that the owners have taken to manicure their lawns and keep them green.  So much so that it actually draws your attention to the lawn.

Now look at these homes.  Now both of these photos below were taken in a less than desirable time for beautiful green grass.  However, do you always have time to wait for the optimum time for your lawn to be looking its best to sell your home? Of course not, and thus you should strive to continue to have a gorgeous lawn all year long.  There is less cost involved in keeping a lawn green than there is in replacing it or salvaging it just for the sales and marketing period.

 

Things to consider with your Franklin lawn in terms of maintaining and even increasing your homes marketable value. 

  • The potential buyers of your home may be making assumptions about your overall home maintenance based upon the appearance of your landscaping. 
  • You may not be into landscaping or even not able to do the work required and in either case there are lots of vendors that can do the weekly work or even just to do the occasional larger maintenance needs like pruning, reseeding, and mulching.  If it is not your thing hire it out.
  • Prepare your lawn in each of the seasons.  Grow flowers that are appropriate for each season so that you can add color to the landscaping regardless the temperature and rainfall. 
  • Consider different grasses for your area to fit your yard.  For example if you have a heavily shaded yard, look for shade grasses.  If you have full sun then you may want a summer grass like a Zoysia or Bermuda grass.  Check for the cold hardiness to ensure it can stand the winters, but these grasses like the Franklin heat and need less water usually so they are good options.
  • Try to avoid having common Bermuda creep in with your Kentucky Fescue or other mismatched lawns.  This creates the two tone lawn shown in the third photo above as the common Bermuda goes dormant in late fall while the Fescue is still green.  It also looks poor in the summer as the grasses are different colors of green and the common Bermuda is more drought tolerant so it stays green when the Fescue browns under the distress of the summer. 
  • Consider an irrigation system to routinely supply the correct amount of water at the correct time of day.  It can actually save you money over time in not having to replant grass and in not over watering due to forgetting the sprinkler on the lawn.
  • In the fall of each year consider an maintenance plan to repair the damage of summer if you have any.  The may include things like over-seeding, aerating, and even tilling and re-seeding areas that were seriously damaged.

Talk with a specialist at your local landscape supply store on ways to keep your grass looking great all year long or connect with a vendor to have the necessary work performed for you.  

You will be prepared to have your home sold and you won't have to do a few weeks worth of work trying to recover from a yard that was neglected.  You also can't get your landscape looking mature in just a few weeks so prospective buyers will easily recognize that last minute corrections have been made. 

Sodding a home for instance, looks great for a few days, but then a newly sodded yard looks lumpy and discolored as the stress of relocation sets in and the sod fights to get its roots into the new ground.  This also requires a lot of watering when it is new and can interfere with showings and increases costs further.

As a buyer pulls up to your home their first impression is that curb appeal.  Does it look appealing and easy to maintain or will they think of all the work to get it up to par and then to manage it.  You want them to feel like it is a joy to do yard work. 

Landscape preparation is just as important as home staging and in a market where most of the homes in Franklin are in great condition, it could put more money in your pocket by spending a little throughout the year to have a great looking lawn.

 

Franklin TN Real Estate with Mike Grumbles & The Grumbles, Engineering Your Next Move in and around the Franklin TN Community.

The Grumbles Team's Mike Grumbles is Your Relocation Engineer in Franklin, Tennessee 615-587-5843.

EXIT Realty of the South | 1227 Lakeview Dr. Suite 1 | Franklin | TN | 37067 | 615.550.5555   Each EXIT Office Independently Owned and Operated

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