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In older home upgrade kitchen or landscape first? Which gives higher re-sale value?

Older home with old overgrown landscape, also outdated kitchen. Do we address landscape or kitchen first. The yard is quite large with large unshaped bushes and trees and the kitchen small, galley like. Would love to do both but am short on cash.
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August 14 2010 - Bullard
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August 20 2010
Yeah I am with Nate. Update the kitchen to add value and captivate buyers. Keep the yard tidy and embellish with some potted plants.
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August 20 2010
Without a doubt you want to put the money into the kitchen and bathrooms FIRST. Make sure the yard looks clean before you start showing it. If you can alive and clean are best. The most VALUE will be added to your house by the upgrades.

The Upgrades will increase the value and overall appeal of the house.

The landscaping will increase initial curb appeal.

However i would say just make sure everything looks clean then list your house for less with and save the money up front.
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August 20 2010
It depends what direction you will go in when selling the home.  If you try to sell the house yourself, For Sale By Owner, then landscaping will be more important for curb appeal.  Potential buyers will not want to see the rest of the house if they do not like what they see on the outside.

If you list with a Real Estate Agent then the kitchen would be more beneficial for they can market the home and promote the upgrades inside the house.  
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August 16 2010
When the kitchen is being remodeled and you are unable to cook use that spare time to work on the landscaping..............
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August 16 2010
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What do you plan to use this house for?  Are you planning on selling, or living there for some time?   If living there for some time, I'd do what gives you the biggest kicks.  Are you bumping elbows painfully with your loved one daily in the kitchen?  If so, do the kitchen.  

Or, do you drive into the garage daily and go "ugghhh, that looks awful" - then start with the front yard landscaping.     On landscaping, a tremendous amount can be done yourself.   Some people hire a landscape coach for a few hundred dollars for a basic design and (if necessary) education on the basics of the gardening techniques.  Teenagers are wonderful neighborhood assets (or tap into a local youth group) for the heavy lifting.

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August 16 2010
You can fix the front yard with little or no investment and some hard work. The kitchen can be provided for with a credit to the Buyer. The front yard is a first impression item. Many people expect to do work when they purchase a new home but the credit will be something that your competition is not providing. Since you are already considering making the investment in a new kitchen why not provide the credit and save yourself a lot of work with contractors?
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August 15 2010
Start with the kitchen first, people purchase updated kitchens and baths in older homes.  Most people are capable of doing the landscaping and yard themselves.
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August 15 2010
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I am not a real estate agent, but common sense is to fix up the front yard first. It says a lot about the owner and the love and care that went into that home. Sweat equity will go a long way. Also, some lawn watering and weed pulling is always smart. Then tackle the kitchen with inexpensive projects like tile back splash, paint, or refinish your cabinets.
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August 14 2010

The first thing a buyer sees is the front yard, and overgrown plants can make the house appear smaller and give the appearance that maintenance is needed. You can clean up the landscaping a little at a time.

A kitchen remodel has value because it is so disruptive to complete - and buyers pay more for homes that are "move in" ready. However, please realize that you do not get an equal return for your money - although the house should sell faster if it is updated.

Contact a local realtor and ask them to come by and make recommendations about what changes are necessary and what can be accomplished with less expenditure. Stagers are also a good resource if you don't mind spending a little money. They often have suggestions for changes that have a big impact without spending the money necessary for a complete remodel.

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August 14 2010
Kitchens and baths sell homes. Buyers know that these are big ticket items and give more value to homes that have updated kitchens and baths. As for the yard: trim the bushes, weed, mow the lawn - no money involved, just sweat - to help improve the appearance. Invest in bigger landscape improvements later.
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