Realtors know one of the easiest ways to add visible value to your home is to upgrade your landscaping. Studies show that making the surroundings of your home more attractive can increase the value of your home from five to fifteen percent.
A peaceful and pleasant outside space is very attractive to a buyer. Whether it is a verdant garden or a gorgeous patio, a few simple improvements can turn any space into a family play area, socializing space, or city sanctuary.
You may be thinking you’d rather not sink thousands into digging, decking, paving, or building a patio, but, with a little effort and ingenuity, you can transform your outdoor space at minimal cost.
Here are five easy landscaping projects to attract the eye of potential buyers and increase the long-term value of your home.
Keep It Tidy
Look at what you already have. Is it is inviting or overgrown? Can you stroll around or are you tripping over brambles and weeds? Put on your gloves and clean and repair fencing, brush pathways, cut back overgrown bushes and ivy, and get rid of the weeds.
A few hours with a yard brush and hedge trimmer will do wonders for the appearance of your yard. Simple things like mowing, weeding, and deadheading plants can make a big difference in how people perceive your lawn.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to add color and interest to your garden is to fill a collection of pots and containers with flowers, shrubs, and even fruit trees.
You can place them along a path, frame your doorway, or create a colorful nook. Use perennial shrubs for more permanent features, and rotate seasonal flowers for stunning displays. Don’t forget a few pots of herbs for a fragrant and useful kitchen garden, too.
You can go with a matching look or be as random and exotic as you like. Combine terracotta, plastic, and wood planters. Repurposed tin cans, old teapots, and even guttering can create imaginative schemes.
Create Structure Through Planting
An uninteresting space can be transformed by layering trees, shrubs, and bushes with flowers.
Aim to draw interest with the largest trees as focal points. Use medium shrubs as hedging to frame different areas of the garden. Don’t be tempted to plant too much at one time. Instead, concentrate on a few well-chosen shrubs and trees that will grow into the space.
Dig a flower bed at the front of your house. Replacing your lawn with flowers will not only add color and interest to your garden, but will also provide support for the local birds, butterflies, and bees, which also adds to the attractiveness of your home.
Dig the garden bed at least three feet deep and fill it with good-quality potting compost. Choose young perennial plants that can give an instant effect. Later in the year, you can scatter seeds and plant bulbs for summer growth.
Pay Attention to Your Boundaries
Fencing provides more than privacy; it frames your space. Make sure fences are repaired and painted. If you prefer softer edges, you can use tall hedging to filter the wind around your back garden and low planting in the front that allows visitors to admire your work.
Garden paths help separate different areas of the garden, as well as provide access routes. Think about increasing the width of your existing paths to create a larger, low-maintenance space. Wide paths can then be framed with flower beds to settle them into the landscape.
Flower beds can be used to create gentle and colorful boundaries. Consider edging your beds with native rocks for local flavor.
Create a Relaxation Zone
Every garden needs a space where you can sit outside, socialize, and enjoy good weather. Patio areas and decks not only make your outdoor space usable when the ground is wet but, if you add in the essential elements of furniture and heating, you’ve got a more usable outdoor space.
You can make a patio area by laying bricks, paving, or gravel on top of a weed-proof membrane. Mix your materials to create your own individual pattern.
Patio furniture is usually made of natural materials such as wood and rattan, but contemporary pieces can be made of iron, steel, or plastic. Your choice is limited only by your taste.
Consider adding a fire pit for a focal point that will provide warmth after dark—a finishing touch that any potential buyer will appreciate.
A comfortable space means you will get more use out of your outdoors, whether it’s taking the party outside or just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee while listening to birdsong.
This month, shake off your winter slumber and plan a weekend of renovation. Whatever your type of outside space, roll your sleeves up, enjoy the crisp early mornings, and get to work!