Good Bones’ Karen E Laine Explains Why Proper Landscaping Is Crucial When Selling A Home

One of the oldest tips for home sellers is that you want buyers to picture their lives within the home. However, you don’t want them to imagine doing chores. If the yard looks bland or messy, your visitors may create a to-do list in their heads before they even walk through the front door. According to Karen E. Laine, this can make the whole place seem off-putting. “Landscaping is crucial,” Laine told House Digest. “You can have a great-looking house, but if it’s surrounded by overgrown shrubs, or weeds, or trees that need to be pruned, it makes it unattractive and [buyers] don’t want to deal with it.”

Laine also explains that good landscaping can provide substantial environmental benefits and connect people with nature. Aspects like these make the property more appealing to increasingly eco-conscious buyers. “Landscaping can create habitats for animals. Landscaping can decrease soil erosion. It can decrease water runoff,” Laine explained. “There are a lot of environmental aspects to your landscape. It can not only help make your home more beautiful and more enjoyable and create shade for when it’s hot, it can help the world be a better place. Why wouldn’t we all want to do that if we could?”

New episodes of “Good Bones” air at 8:00 p.m. ET on HGTV and are available on Discovery+ the same day. 

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