Did you know that landscaping is the number 1 “bang for your buck” home improvement you can make?
On average, quality landscaping can add 5 to 11 percent in value to your home by improving the curb appeal and making an overall better first impression. Even if you’re not looking to sell, landscaping is an improvement that grows (couldn’t resist!) in value over time. Here are some ideas to get a head start!
If you’re selling in a year or less–
If you’re looking to make a move in the next year, consider these simple enhancements that can make a quick change:
- Edge the beds and nourish the grass – A crisp clean edge to flower beds can really change the look and a well-kept lawn gives a great first impression.
- Add some color – There are a lot of inexpensive flower varieties that can make your home stand out to potential buyers. Annual plants are inexpensive and can add a lot of POP.
- Pay attention to your selection – Buyers will appreciate plant, tree, and flower varieties that are low-maintenance and require less care. The local garden center likely has a lot of great options from which to choose.
If you’re improving for the long-term–
Make your backyard your space:
- Install a fence – A fence is a great investment for added privacy and one that will pay off if you decide to sell.
- Add a patio or deck – A new patio or deck can increase the living space of your home with a relatively low investment that will likely pay entirely back when you sell.
- Trim down, add drama – Cut down overgrown, out-of-control bushes and add some exotic varieties to give your yard a unique look.
- Change your view – Stemming away from traditional plant patterns can help accentuate your home’s best features. Curved beds, island beds, and different heights of plants can add a lot of interest.