Has the thought of selling your home crossed your mind? Maybe you are thinking of a side project of flipping houses to make extra money. When looking for a way to increase the value of your existing home or make a potential sale more tempting, landscaping can really help. Studies in real estate show that a well-maintained exterior and landscaped yard can increase the value of the home by upwards of 30% towards the final selling price. When a house’s exterior is presentable and pleasing to the eye, it will increase the interest of potential buyers. People get caught up in renovations of the interior of their homes and tend to neglect the first thing potential buyers witness; the front yard and walkway.
If the home is landscaped and well maintained both inside and out, then the potential buyer will see dollar signs themselves. These little adjustments mean a task they do not have to fit into their schedule in the long run and additional money in their wallet for other expenses versus a contractor’s landscaping fee. Even if their budget has room for miscellaneous costs, lawn maintenance is probably not on their mind.
Throughout this article, we will touch on some basic landscaping that is easily done by the homeowner that can increase the value of your home.
Re-imagine Designs that Already Exist
When talking about landscaping, it doesn’t necessarily mean having to overhaul the entire property. If your home already consists of a walkway and porch with vegetation in the yard, a few minor adjustments can reap rewards that you might not have realized was possible. Remodel your porch with a couple additions such as a fresh coat of paint and a built-in swing if space allows. Replace the walkway with cobblestone or patio stone for a modern, streamlined look. If you have a creative personality, then try creating a walkway out of natural stone or beach rock. Just make sure to use smooth stones of similar size that will not pose a safety risk! Add spark to your front porch with a few stone potted plants and a funky door knocker.
Go Green and Lush
Curb appeal is everything. A patchy lawn with dirt patches or sunken sections can look messy and unattractive to potential buyers. Use a nutritious lawn seed and fertilizer to create a sea of fluffy lush grass. Lawn seed and fertilizer are available for purchase at any home improvement retailer or garden center. Backyard Boss, an informative website, have a full section dedicated to the best lawn fertilizer on the market today. They are a great site to visit if you find yourself seeking more information about lawn fertilizers and their benefits. They also feature reviews from real-life consumers who have purchased and tested the products. Speak to a professional if you are unsure of what type of lawn you are currently working with and bring along pictures to help with the descriptions of its current state.
Pop Color to Please the Eye
Color attracts the eye no matter where it is located. Color shouldn’t be overwhelming, however, when speaking about the exterior of your property. An unorganized mess of flowers, shrubs, and decorative pieces will add cluttered feel to your property, which can subconsciously discourage a potential buyer. Add strategic pops of color using bright flowers or plants in a colorful pot and a well-thought-out garden. Choose a circular or rectangular design and surround the garden with a wooden or rock border. Choose full, blooming plants and shrubs while only planting within the borders laid out. Keep the look and design simple, as an extensive garden can intimidate a non-gardener.
Add the well-received element of privacy. If municipal and size restrictions allow, construct a wooden or wrought-iron fence around the border of the property. People enjoy and value their privacy, so potential buyers will be attracted to this addition. This can also be beneficial if the fence is on the property line.
Spend some time cleaning up the areas surrounding your property. Rake any fallen leaves and debris and remove it from the lawn. Fix any minor imperfections such as a loose shutter or creaky step. Have clean gutters and chimney if applicable. All these jobs can be within days or even hours, given that the homeowner is willing to put a bit of hard work and time into the task.
Thoughts of selling your home can be pretty emotional for any homeowner. It’s where memories are made and stories written. Once the decision is made, wouldn’t you like to receive what you feel the house is worth? With a couple of steps, you can be on the way to being rewarded with a profit that outweighs the expenses by far.