There are many reasons for homeowners to pay attention to curb appeal. Everyone enjoys looking at a beautiful property—the homeowner as well as neighbors and passersby—and having good curb appeal can raise property values. According to the National Association of Realtors
, houses that have good curb appeal usually sell for 7 percent more than similar size and style homes without the attention to the landscaping. That can mean a lot more money in your wallet on closing day.
Are you looking to up your curb appeal game? Here are some tips to get you started.
Consider the Proportions
If you have a large house, tiny little flowers are probably not going to look right. Your yard will be more visually appealing if you use larger plants and shrubs. You can also plant together groupings that complement the size and shape of your house.
Think About the Style and Architecture
Many homeowners look critically at the size and shape of their front yard when planning a landscape design project, but they neglect to consider the house itself. The way your house is designed and its architectural elements should be considered when you are planning gardens around it. You’ll want to choose different landscaping if you have an old Victorian house versus a country farmhouse.
Choose Complementary Colors
Take into account the color of your house and the front door, choosing flowers and plants that will blend with those rather than clash. Say your house is painted blue; then you might want to choose purple, yellow, pink, and white flowers. If you have red trim, you can make that color pop with flowers that are deep shades of red, yellow, and orange.
Improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be just about plants. You might want to widen a small front porch, for example, to provide a sitting area. Or you could create a deep sidewalk that offers the chance to create a flower bed accent. Make your space usable as well as beautiful—and you can enjoy all the newly created curb appeal.
Decide on the Level of Maintenance
Do you love nothing more than spending your weekends tending to flowers and plants? Or would you rather be sitting in the garden with a book and a glass of wine? The answers to these questions should influence how much time you are willing to spend on maintenance. Keep in mind that if you have plans to sell sooner rather than later, you should keep things simple. An overly complex landscape might turn off potential buyers if they do not share your love of gardening.
Picture the Seasons
Design a landscape that doesn’t look completely dormant in the winter. There is nothing less inviting than a bunch of dead plants. Add trees and shrubs that will look good across all four seasons.
Contact a Denver Landscape Design Company
Landscaped Designs would love to help you boost the curb appeal of your home. We can help with any size project. Contact us
through our website or give us a call at 720-284-2325. We are open Monday through Friday.