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Improving curb appeal may be easiest for Fla., Ca. homesellers

Homeowners in warm climates have more options to improve the curb appeal of their home, study says
  • Miami is the easiest place in the country to hire help to improve curb appeal.
  • Improving curb appeal can increase a home's value by as much as 17 percent.
  • Encourage home sellers to add landscaping touches that are classic and easy to maintain.

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triocean / Shutterstock.com How often do you run into a situation where home sellers are reluctant to update their landscaping? It's probably more often that you'd like. Updating landscaping and improving curb appeal of a home gives prospective homebuyers an immediate positive impression. In fact, Texas Tech University researchers found that improving a home's curb appeal can increase its value by as much as 17 percent in a study earlier this year. Curb appeal improvements can be as simple as adding furniture to a front patio or updating the front and garage door. Another essential and fairly simple update for home sellers is adding modern and stylish lighting outdoors, which is especially important during the late fall and winter months when more buyers are visiting at night time. Lawn Starter recently compiled the 50 largest metros in the U.S., measuring the amount of local professionals in lawn care and landscaping as well as local home price trends. Miami-Fort ...