Your garden is one of the first things that prospective buyers notice when they come to view your home. The way it is landscaped can have a major effect on your home's value. According to landscape economist, John Harris, "Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value." Virtually any improvement you make to your yard can boost the value of your home and help it sell more quickly. Read on for our tips on improving your garden to make it more likely to add value to your home.
In designing your landscaping, be sure that it matches well with the style of your home to ensure that you increase your property's value. For example, if your house is a classic Tudor design, a desert landscape is not likely to be a good fit. In this situation, try a country-style yard instead. Save the desert plants for Spanish-style homes. Whatever plants you choose, make sure that the colours complement your home's exterior as well.
Don't just start planting whatever you feel like. You need to have a strategy going into your landscaping project. You want your yard to have a cohesive look, and you can't do that without careful advance planning, so consider consulting a professional landscape architect for expert landscape design ideas. Incorporate diversity with a variety of different plants, but don't go too overboard. You want your yard to look interesting but not cluttered. Stick with plants that grow well in your climate so that they won't require too much maintenance, as that can turn off potential buyers.
Although prospective buyers may only see your home during one season, you want to make sure that it will look great throughout the year. Plant a mix of plants that flower in or thrive throughout the wet and dry seasons, allowing your buyers to imagine how great the yard will look in any season.
Well-placed trees can make the biggest difference of all in increasing your home's overall value. They provide shade in summer, which helps to keep energy costs down from running your air conditioning. They can also provide a windbreak to keep your home warmer during winter. In addition, trees remove a significant amount of carbon dioxide and pollution from the air, so they are very environmentally friendly. Above all, they are just beautiful to look at and have even been shown to help relieve stress. Just make sure that your trees are pruned and well-maintained.
A carefully manicured and edged lawn gives your property a beautiful, polished look. Maintaining neat edging around your footpaths and driveway also signals to prospective buyers that you have given the same meticulous level of care to other areas of your home. Overgrown or patchy areas send the wrong message, so reseed your lawn or contract with a landscaping professional to get your lawn back in tip-top condition before you open up your home for inspection. Take care with your hedges as well, keep them trimmed and tidy to give your yard a well-maintained look.
Landscaping is one of the best investments you can make in your home and can give you almost triple returns on your investment. Put thought and effort into your landscaping, but don't make it so complex that buyers will be turned off by the amount of maintenance that will be required. The experts at Hardy Landscaping can work with you to develop a landscaping design that is as beautiful as it is manageable.