Does Landscaping Increase The Value Of Your Home?
Contrary to what most people think, it’s not only the inside of your home that counts. Curb appeal is a phrase used to describe how your home looks from the street. This is important because when it comes time to sell, a very high curb appeal can help entice prospective buyers, and draw them towards your home.
This can massively increase your chances of making a sale. One of the best ways to improve how your property looks is with professional landscaping services. The question remains though, will it increase the value of your home?
There are too many unknown factors to accurately predict the return on your landscaping design investment. A rough estimate of the increase in perceived value due to professional landscaping across the UK ranges between five and fifteen percent.
In addition to an increase in the listing price, homeowners can also benefit by decreasing the time their home sits on the market. This will give them a clear advantage over their competition.
How to Maximize Your Landscaping Investment
While the benefits of landscaping are obvious, it's still hard to know exactly what services to spend your money on. You can start by adding a few elements from each of the following. Then add more when your budget and design allow.
When planted in the right spot and in the right number, trees provide a number of benefits, including:
- Providing shade and energy savings.
- Potentially helping with drainage and water runoff.
- Helping reduce carbon dioxide for a greener environment.
Before planting begins, it’s important that you know how you want the overall look and feel to be. Zone your yard properly to place plants where they will do well. Choose shrubs, foliage plants, and flowers based on a few key rules:
- Will look good for more than one season
- Are easy to maintain
- Won’t outgrow their location for several years
- Won’t block walkways or windows
Hardscaping elements are non-living and provide a certain look along with vegetation. A good hardscape factor will achieve both the look that you want while providing the functionality that you need. Some hardscaping options are:
- Permanent or rustic walkways leading to and around your home
- A patio to extend your living space to the outdoors
- Garden walls for erosion control
- A garden room or office
You can increase the curb appeal with visual elements that enhance the natural creativity of your landscaping such as:
- Water or fire features
- A stone wall or decorative fencing
- Garden art
- Outdoor lighting for added security and safety
- Outdoor furniture
- Decorative planters
Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future or further down the road, professional services from Cambridge Landscapers can add a lot of value and increase your curb appeal. This will lead to a higher selling price and faster sale.