If you're considering selling your home in southern Florida curb appeal needs to be on the top of the priority list when it comes to staging and preparing your property. People are looking for a typical southern Florida landscape and the better you prepare your landscape the more buyers you get through the door. That curb appeal could be the make or break first impression your home needs to get top value.

Of course palm trees are one of the most typical things that you'll find in the front yard of many Florida homes. However, if they're so huge and overpowering that you can't see the house, they should be trimmed back. Any wind Palms or larger palm trees that have not been trimmed properly should be manicured so they are clean and free of any dead palms.

If you're not looking to spend a lot of money you may consider taking out a few bushes and then mulching what's left. If you feel that your landscape has overtaken your property, removing things may be just as beneficial as adding things. You won't need to go to all the trouble to create a huge water feature or lots of plants and flowers but simply trimming what you have can make a big impact.

Other curb appeal upgrades that have nothing to do with landscaping can add a lot of value to your home. The top five costs to value projects in 2015 when it came to curb appeal were:

  1. Adding an Impact Glass door to the front door – 102% added value
  2. Adding Stone Pavers – 92% added value
  3. Painting home exterior - 84% added value
  4. Garage door replacement – 82% value
  5. Impact Glass window replacement – 78% value

If you're considering redoing your landscaping however, you might take the time to hire a landscape consultation. This might be less than $100 but it would give you a great place to start, especially if you have no idea what to do. Of course, talking to your real estate agent is also another great way to find out what buyers are looking for and what adds value to the home.

At the very least, a clean, trim yard, bushes and hedges trimmed away from the siding of the house, new mulch, trimmed trees and new paint either on the house trim or on the front door can work wonders.

For more information on improving the curb appeal of your southern Florida home feel free to contact me at any time.