By Melissa Dorman, April 26, 2019
By Melissa Dorman, April 26, 2019
Spring is officially here! As we get ready for the busy listing season it can be easy to forget the effort that goes into to preparing your property beyond those 4 walls. Landscaping can be a quick and easy way to make a large impact on the aesthetic of your home.
If the Landscaping is well executed it can add value of the property to a great extent.
Among the many home improvement ideas; Landscaping not only adds to the up front monetary value of the property at but also increases in value as the years go by.
Popular quote “First Impression is the Best Impression” fits correct for External Landscaping.
A proper maintained exterior landscape is the first attractive point that catches the attention of potential buyers.
Interior decoration ideas and popular designs mostly depends on the latest trend.
But many times these go out of style and in some cases mechanical systems also wear down, providing no future value.
On the other hand plants and trees grow fuller, taller and more robust in the future so yield more value, if proper care is taken.
A proper plan must be made before starting the Landscaping task. The biggest mistake that homeowners make is they do not have a proper and coherent plan.
It is often seen that many a times homeowners do the landscaping tasks un-systematically.
They decide to plant a tree now, and then a few years later add some flower beds or turf. Then some times later they put in some shrubs and another tree.
This doesn’t gives the property the leading edge that otherwise it would have got had the landscaping been done with a proper plan.
So it is always recommended to come up with a cohesive vision before starting any landscaping activity.
Hiring an expert and expensive landscape designer is not essential at all, if one is on a tighter budget.
If properly planned any amateur can get a professional-looking landscape for $500 to $3,000 worth of plants and materials.
It is a popularly known fact that a well-landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping.
On the basis of type of landscaping and the original value of the home this price advantage can range from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent.
As in terms of price value, it can translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a normal $300,000 home.
A landscape which is full of large and matured plants sends a signal to buyers that is well take care off and has been carefully tended.
This gives a good indication to the potential buyer that the care taken in the interior as well.
Mature garden can yield more price than a land with small plants and flowers.
The number-one priority that buyers are looking for in landscaping is a well manicured design.
Second factor considered is the existing plant size and its maturity.
Third factor to consider from buyers point of view is the diversity of plant life therein. Strategically placed landscaping can also give the allure of privacy and seclusion.
If the plan is to sell quickly say within a year, even then several steps can be taken to update the landscape and boost the selling price.
By cutting fresh edges around your planting beds; and having a sharp, well-defined edge between grass gives the landscape a professional look.
Another idea is to have fertilizer treatments on your lawn; for the potential buyers to see a lush carpet.
Laying colorful pebbles and interlocking stoned walkways is also a great idea.
Adding varieties of faster growing flowering plants; and colorful annuals for a few dollars price can be done, if on a tighter budget.
If budget is not a problem then investing a few hundred dollars in larger perennials and shrubs, will provide good value for money.