Watch enough HGTV and there’s one phrase you’re bound to hear over and over again: curb appeal. It’s a term the real estate world uses to describe how attractive a appears from the street. The stronger the curb appeal, the stronger your bargaining position with potential buyers. And one way to increase curb appeal is through landscaping.
Does landscaping add value to homes? We definitely say YES! A $50 or $100 investment in a tree will net you an additional $500 in the course of 5 years. Mature trees certainly add aesthetic appeal as well as value that grows by the year.
Here are a few ways you can take your residential landscaping to the next level and increase your home’s curb appeal in the process.
1. The basics
We’d be willing to wager you’ve made some small cosmetic changes to the inside of your home in the years you’ve lived there, whether that meant painting the kitchen or adding new carpeting in the living room. Make sure you do the same kind of basic upkeep outdoors as well, things like adding fresh, quality mulch or putting in a new stone walkway.
Softscaping is another form of real estate landscaping. Add value to your home – as much as 15 percent – through this method, which involves the strategic addition of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers to add color and texture to your property.
3. Good lawn care
Mowing, raking, fertilizing and aerating – is one of the best things you can do if you know you’ll be putting your home on the market. It’s simple and provides a potentially substantial return on your investment.
4. Add pops of color
Adding beautiful flower boxes to windows that match containers filled with annuals every Spring will give a streamlined and pleasing appeal to your home. Match these to perennials such as hostas or azaleas and hydrangeas and you’ll have a coordinated lawn that will be the talk of the neighborhood.
5. Landscaping doesn’t end when summer does
Even though spring and summer are big homebuying seasons, people are still looking for properties year round. Make sure there’s something to catch a potential homebuyer’s eye no matter the season: bright leaves in the fall, evergreens in winter, and flowers in spring and summer. No matter when they’re seeing your house, your landscaping will help them imagine living there.
Are you looking for ways to make sure your landscaping adds value to your home? At Simpson’s Greenhouse, we can help. Stop in today to browse our selection of trees, shrubs and flowers that are sure to add punch to that curb appeal!