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Why a Vegetable Garden Might Boost Your Property Value

A wheelbarrow is filled with different garden vegetables.
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Curb appeal is real, and if you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve likely got a few planting boxes on your well-manicured lawn. But do you have a vegetable garden?

While there’s no definitive proof that a veggie garden can increase the value of your home, real estate agents still suggest planting a few cabbages couldn’t hurt, as long as you take good care of them.

Trey Van Tuyl, realtor and owner of Discover Homes Miami, and Toni Guy, a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties, agree that a well cared for vegetable garden could enhance a positive first impression for buyers. This, in turn, could lead to an increase in their offers, as a well-kept garden implies a home has been loved and well cared for, too.

“If a buyer connects with the property and must have it, then they will pay more for it,” Guy said. “Especially during a pandemic, home means safety and connection. It is our refuge during times of uncertainty so vegetable gardens can make your home feel grounding and nurturing to your prospective buyer and that can mean more money in your pocket.’

The key is that your veg garden is well cared for. A messy, weed-filled space can have the opposite effect and put off prospective buyers. Van Tuyl also recommends the raised-bed style, as they can easily be removed if buyers don’t want to keep them.

So, if you’re planning to sell your property soon, and you eat a lot of fresh veggies, it might be time to start planting!

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