Kathleen Luiten, Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales (Resort and Second-Home Specialist)

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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's hard to get back what you invest in landscaping, and appraiser usually won't care about plants and mulch. I can't tell if adding a brick walkway, patio would help without seeing photos.

Oct 04, 2015 07:37 PM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

Without seeing the photos of the property and other active and recently sold its kind of hard to provide accurate advice

Oct 04, 2015 03:48 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

first, seems too much for a simple patio. but im a builder :) . if they want to get 850 to 900 , maybe just prune and clean. is the lawn green? real green? are the  shrubs super clean and shaped ? anything overgrown? color is very good... they also can add colored pots (big ones) these can then be taken or left as they are not fastened. colored pots can add a lot of value

Oct 04, 2015 02:04 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

In my area, whatever they put in would probably be frozen within a month.  But someplace warm, it would probably make sense to do a wow on the curb appeal.

Oct 04, 2015 01:48 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I'd suggest the sellers cut back the landscape to make it neat and clean. Plant colorful flowers, buy color bowls or both.  If there's a space to plant just outside the kitchen, an herb garden is a nice touch.

Without seeing photos of the property, it's hard to say the level of work necessary.  In general, if the landscape is neat and clean, that's enough.  New patio not necessary.

You can stage the backyard using patio furniture and throw pillows that coordinate with the newly planted flowers. 

Oct 04, 2015 01:46 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Prune, trim, mulch, add color.  Beyond that, let the new owners determine best outdoor hardscape.  Good luck!

Oct 04, 2015 01:28 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Very hard to convince people if they have not done it by now wanting to sell and wanting to put that much into.  If they agree with pruning, patio which will not get 100% back that is one step closer.

I am however skeptical there is 1.5-.8 mil variance. the value is based on GLA and landscape barely accentuates it. In my humble opinion it is not tangible.   In CA we have advised $1-$2K exclusive of exterior painting.. to get optimum return. 2500-4000 sf under 2 acres custom homes.  We foucus on the interior, staging etc to get most bang for the buck....

Oct 04, 2015 01:16 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If your market will generate a good return on this investment, than by all means go for it.

Oct 05, 2015 03:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like many have said, photos would be beneficial in order to answer your question.  The best I can say, is bring it up to neighborhood standards.  Have a great week.  A

Oct 05, 2015 12:06 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are only two questions that need to be answered.

#1. What will the buyer estimate to be the cost of fixing the problem as they see it, Double that cost and that is what comes off the bottom line.

#2. Will the current curb appeal cause a buyer to defer seeing this house for a house with a curb 'wow' factor?

The answer to both questions depends on the desirability of the community. If highly desirable, the house WILL BE SEEN by all buyers who have selected that community. Your job, whether the curb appeal is jazzed up or not is to remove the obstacles.  Time to call in some favors.

Oct 04, 2015 11:15 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I would go with the plantings and pruning - If they do a patio it will be the wrong one - and money wasted. 

Oct 04, 2015 10:14 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

I think they should follow your advice.

Apr 11, 2019 10:39 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Talk to some of the neighbors and their landscapers.

Oct 08, 2018 06:39 PM