They say dress to impress and the same applies with your house! What do I mean? I mean making the outside of your house look as attractive as possible with landscaping improvements. Landscaping adds 5.5% to 12.7% value depending on the amount and quality of the work done. Here are some tips that will make sure that your landscaping plan achieves its goals and leaves your house as the nicest looking house on the block ensuring that potential home owners or renters will be excited to tour your house.
Have a Plan- Most homeowners don’t understand how important having a plan is. They haphazardly upgrade a few things here or there and they might get an “A” for effort, but will be shocked with disappointing results when potential buyers won’t commit to your house. Why is this happening? This is because these upgrades fail to work together as a whole package because the homeowner didn’t have a plan. You need to develop a budget, an idea of how all the new landscaping will work together, and a basic idea of what you want to do. That way when you need to go to Home Depot or Lowes to get all of your supplies, you can get in and get out, feel confident and not run over budget. Decide what needs to be spruced up and what needs to be replaced. Consider your yearly climate and what plants and wildlife thrives there. For example one wouldn’t put an outdoor pool in a home in northern Montana where it snows for much of the year. Also consider the style of your home. For example if you own a southwestern themed house in Arizona you wouldn’t plant pine or spruce trees. Rather plant cactus and yucca that works with the theme of the neighborhood and house. This way your house won’t stick out like a sore thumb that will turn potential customers away as most homeowners or renters just want to blend in with the neighborhood.
Know What Adds the Most Value-It’s a general consensus that the more you invest, the more return you will get. However, some investments are better than others. Especially if you are on a budget, this can be especially helpful to know. Some improvements include but aren’t limited to
- Lawns and trees Cheapest and some of the most prominent improvements Appeals to those looking for an open canvas to make their own improvements
- Fountains and garden displays Some of the most visually appealing but won’t appeal to those looking for a low maintenance yard
- Patios, decks, or outdoor rooms Expensive but will entice and excite potential customers the most
Don’t Overdue It- You can do all of the landscaping in the world to where your grass would be good enough to play the PGA tour on however if your average price of the nearby houses is only $250k-300k then people likely won’t be willing to spend more than the average. Being tasteful is very important. Also if the interior of your house is out of date you should consider doing similar upgrades as well to make sure that the new deck matches your couches and kitchen appliances.
Landscaping is the key to entice more buyers or renters AND increase the value of your home. However, it’s important to have a plan to make sure that you add the most value to your house without spending to much money or turning potential buyers away.