If Selling, Only Add Profitable Value To Your Home
I just had an incredibly pleasant experience with a tree service company that I felt would make a great example of types of things you can do to increase the value of your home (without spending more money than the value created).
You see, most homes in Tallahassee are selling at prices far below the replacement cost, so many things that you might want to do to increase the value of your home are not actually profitable. Do you really want to spend $20,000 to make your home worth $15,000 more to a buyer?
Unfortunately, that is really the case with most improvements, so you have to look for something that is REALLY wrong with a home if you want to add as much or more value than the cost of the improvement.
In my case, it was the yard.
Tree Service Removes A Jungle
It's a jungle out there!
The previous owners of my home apparently did not go out much (meaning outside into the yard).
The entire west side of our 1/2 acre property looked as if still belonged to Spain. The size of the weeds were very impressive, I was amazed at how large they were. I've worked in yards since I was a little boy, and many of the things growing in this yard were super-sized versions of things I used to weed and remove.
Additionally, an invasive species was taking ownership of my back yard. The image above shows them removing the last (of about 8) camphor trees that had spread maliciously through my yard.
Tallahassee Tree Service
I cannot tell you how impressed I am with All American Tree Pro in Tallahassee. I spoke with several companies and chose All American because I felt they would get the job done and were reasonably priced. Josh Shields and his crew did not disappoint.
The video below shows them dropping a pine tree as several of us watched on. It was amazing, as they made it fall exactly where they wanted (and I wanted) it to land.
Adding Value To Your Home
Does this article mean that I think landscaping adds profitable value to your home? Not exactly. It did for mine, as we have visibly changed the apparent size of our property and have opened it up for more attractive landscaping.
But landscaping (or cleaning/clearing) is not the answer for everybody. The key is to know what you want to do and why you want to do it. If you've always wanted to update your kitchen, I would recommend this. If you think you might be moving soon, have a real estate listing agent come give you feedback on how it will improve your value. But if you are not planning on moving, update your kitchen! It's your home, if you want to do it, do it! Values will return, but you should enjoy your home while you are in it.
Want to know more about the current sale-ability of your home? Just drop me a note and we can schedule a time to visit your home and give you our professional feedback.