Landscaping is similar to having money in a bank. It keeps increasing the value of your home day after day while the interior décor keeps fading and wearing out. Many buyers seek the wow factor from the outside environment of a selling property. Therefore, a professionally landscaped home can increase in value by tens of thousands of dollars- about 4% – 15% the value of the home.
- According to a research, the advantage of a well-landscaped home ranges from 5.5 to 12.7% when compared to a home with no landscaping. People love outdoor spaces, therefore, you need to work on your backyards, front yard, and garden to create an appeal. If you take care of your property from the outside, the buyers may not doubt the interior design.
- There is more to landscaping than sticking plants on your property. Mostly, the buyers would be looking at the variety of plants and your coherent landscaping plans or design; they look for order and uniformity. However, you should determine what is customary in your neighborhood. As the landscaping is done, you ought to maintain the average sales price of the surrounding properties.
- You need a variety of flowers to create a diversity in color. Great returns can be obtained from landscaping if one spends not more than 30% of the home value (5-10%). Most of the constructors consider landscaping as an afterthought which is not the case. It should be part and parcel of the house plans. If you have a green thumb the better.
Yards and gardens
Landscaping starts from the front yard. You should consider making the driveway and entrance more attractive. This would need:
- A wall
- Lawn irrigation
- Lighting systems.
The fencing should bend with your home making sure that the painting does not conflict. The material used in constructing structures should be durable and possess properties that produce color and improve the vibrancy of your front yard. The pathway ought to be done well and should be easy to clean too. The Lighting system is important, it helps you highlight your landscape during the night.
Some buyers may fancy the idea of having:
- Outdoor fireplaces
- Secondary patios
- Watering systems
- Conversation pits etc.
Curb appeal is crucial when you are landscaping the backyard. The backyard is mostly filled with trees, shrubs and stones such as pebbles. Search for Low maintenance plants that will reduce costs for both the buyer and the seller. You do not want to make the mistakes of planting trees closer and getting the roots ruin your pavement or walkways. Terracing can be used to make most of your backyard accessible. Promote social interaction by investing in outdoor furniture.
The gardening should not be extensive such that the buyer finds it a burden to maintain. Someone might enjoy a garden with fruits. The gardens have to have borders that seclude them from overspreading and creating a bushy scenery. The garden landscaping requires one to know:
- The plant species,
- The soil structure,
- The property drainage
- The outgoing maintenance cost of the plants etc.
You can use them to create privacy and attract wildlife in due season.
A real estate agent should help you in preparing the landscaping in advance since they know what is selling in the market. Getting your property landscaped does not mean that you are free from maintenance, this is a continuous process. You will need contractors and professionals to help you in trimming, and pruning your plants. What you need is more space and a sense of surprise in your landscape plans.
Professional landscaping is good for getting guidance on maintaining your garden and yard, controlling water and energy efficiency. Some professional landscapers will inspect your property and give you a plan which includes the plants that need to be grown. Some of the sellers have made a lot of returns by landscaping in stages. To avoid costly projects that don’t really add value to your home, you must do your research. A home with professionally landscaped property not only increases its worth but reduces the period your house will stay in the market.