As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and this goes for the curb appeal of your home. If you want to increase the property value of your home, a beautiful yard that uses thoughtful landscape design is one of the easiest ways to immediately up your home’s value. Some real estate experts believe that good landscaping can increase the value of your home by about 10 percent.
If you are ready to take the plunge and improve the look of your home’s yard, here are some tips to get you started.
Tip #1—Have a Solid Strategy in Mind Before You Design
You don’t want to clutter your yard with too many high-maintenance plantings, but this doesn’t mean you should just have a plain Jane yard with just grass. Diversity among plantings is fine as long as you don’t take it too far. A good landscape design has a pleasant mixture of shrubs and perennials—but you certainly don’t need every single plant you find at the nursery. Ideally, you want to go for a uniform look that has just enough diversity to keep it interesting.
Tip #2—Plant Some Trees
Mature trees are one of the most-desired items on many homebuyer’s “must-have” list. People love trees because they not only provide visual interest to the landscaping, but they provide shade and privacy. Because they remove carbon dioxide and pollution from the air, they are considered an eco-friendly option for your landscaping. (Find out more about how trees can boost your and your neighbors’ property values in this article by HGTV: Increase Your Home’s Value With Mature Trees
Tip #3—Keep Your Lawn Edged
It’s easy to overlook this small item, but it’s an extra step in your landscaping that shows prospective buyers that you are meticulous about taking care of your property. They’ll see a neat landscape and immediately have the impression that the rest of the property is just as pristine.
Tip #4—Match Your Landscape to the Style of Your Home
Many homeowners fail to take this crucial item into account when planning their landscaping. But imagine how out of place a Japanese garden style of landscaping would look in front of a Victorian home. Not only does this look out of place, but it can actually lower your property value if homebuyer’s think they’ll have to tear out the yard once they purchase the home. If you have a Victorian-style home, you want something that blends in with the old-world charm of this type of architecture. If you have a modern-style home, you’ll want to stick with clean lines and natural-looking beds that fit well with the property.
Don’t let a poorly landscaped yard negate your efforts to add value to your home. If do-it-yourself landscape design isn’t for you, call the professionals at Landscaped Retreats. We have been working with Denver area homeowners in creating beautiful outdoor spaces for years. Our expertise and professionalism are second to none. We welcome you to take a look at some of our completed projects
to get an idea of our work. Call us today!