Does Landscaping Increase Home Value?
- By Admin
- October 7, 2021
Curb appeal is the totality of the aesthetics that give your home its exterior appeal. Your home’s curb appeal defines the first impression people have of your property. It also frames the way visitors rate you, the homeowner, and the monetary value they place on your home.
Curb appeal is makeup for your property. But it is not just about your home’s appearance, it is also your most basic marketing strategy for drawing positive attention to your home, explains Archer Management Group. Your home’s exterior sets the tone for what visitors expect to find inside the home.
If your home’s exterior is not designed to maximize its potential as a marketing tool, you are hurting the property’s value. Every single element of the exterior should be viewed from this perspective and intentionally designed with the goal of making a statement.
This treatment should be extended to the entire façade, a roof that is clean with a well-kept and uniform surface, paint that is striking, sidings in good condition, and windows that are pretty. But most importantly, the landscaping around the property must be absolutely top-notch.
The Appraisal institute, America’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, advises homeowners to pay close attention to their home’s landscaping. It is recommended that you dedicate as much as 10% of your home’s value to landscaping.
That is how important the landscaping around your home is. A well-designed landscape will attract more potential buyers to your property and increase the sales price of the home. How much is an improved landscape likely to boost the value of your property?
Great landscaping can improve your home’s value by up to 20%. You will get back 100-1000% of what you spend on improving your home’s outdoor areas. Depending on several factors, the exact returns will vary, but you can’t go wrong with good landscaping.
To maximize the impact of your landscaping, here are things to think about when planning your landscape design:
The landscaping should be an extension of your home’s architecture. The hardscaping features of the yard, the colors, and the layout should blend seamlessly with your building. The landscape should also work with the rest of the property and highlight the best aspects of the house.
Adults mostly need space to walk and talk in the yard, but children and pets need room to run and play. If the people who live in the home do a lot of entertaining, they will need a large seating area. Also, if there will be persons with special needs, this should be factored into the design.
Climate determines which plants will thrive in the yard without needing a lot of care. Choosing plants that are indigenous to the area means you will have fewer problems with pests and diseases. Native plants also need less watering because they are adapted to the climate.
How much time and money it takes to maintain the yard is a key consideration for buyers. Usually, only homeowners who like gardening will love a yard that needs a lot of TLC while others will not. To maximize interest in your home, make the yard as care free as possible.
Whether people are coming into the landscaping from the street or the kitchen, they expect a natural transition between the two environments. There should be a flow between the style, color, and composition of the landscape and the surrounding areas.
Which features should you include in your yard to make your home more valuable? The following components are guaranteed to improve the appeal and functionality of any landscape.
This is not a feature people will see, but good drainage is critical to maintaining the landscaping in pristine condition. Adequate and efficient drainage will also protect the structures of your building from water damage.
Even though primarily viewed as an ornamental feature, a retaining wall prevents erosion and helps you create zones within the landscape. To play these roles fully, the retaining wall should be sturdy and eye-catching,
This is an essential non-living feature of every yard. Paved surfaces make it easy to navigate the yard, they can function as receptacles for outdoor lighting and provide contrast against the living elements of the yard.
A patio will expand the square footage of your home and create a zone of seamless transition between the home and the yard. Apart from serving as a decorative element, a pergola extends the number of ways you can use the yard.
Two issues you must think about when installing sprinkler systems are water bills and protecting your home from water damage. A well-designed sprinkler or drip irrigation system will help you achieve both; you can keep the yard lush without incurring unnecessary costs.
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