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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.
Without seeing the photos of the property and other active and recently sold its kind of hard to provide accurate advice
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
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.
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.
Prune, trim, mulch, add color. Beyond that, let the new owners determine best outdoor hardscape. Good luck!
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....
If your market will generate a good return on this investment, than by all means go for it.
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
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.
I would go with the plantings and pruning - If they do a patio it will be the wrong one - and money wasted.
I think they should follow your advice.
Talk to some of the neighbors and their landscapers.