You’ve heard it before, and it’s true: first impressions count. This holds especially true when you are selling your home and trying to get the best value for it. If you want people to think your home is worth more than it really is, then you need to make sure that the landscaping around your house has been well-maintained and will impress potential buyers. With this in mind, here are five landscaping ideas that will help you improve the way your home looks, thus making it more valuable in the eyes of potential buyers.
You can’t go wrong with native plants, but make sure you research what types of plants to use in your area. A lot of things can affect climate and conditions (altitude, humidity, sunlight/shade), and while you may have an idea that fits best in your landscape design, something else may work better. A good rule of thumb is to include at least 25% native plants. These help improve air quality and contribute to a healthy ecosystem. One other benefit to using native plants is cost.
Mulch & Ground Covers
Mulch and ground covers are among your most valuable tools in landscaping. They increase curb appeal, reduce maintenance time and costs, plus add value to your home.
Add Stairs or Walkways
Decks, walkways, and stairs are expensive, but they’re also long-term investments. This is a noticeable feature that buyers will remember and (hopefully) appreciate. Adding these features might cost you up front, but it’ll pay off in terms of increased value when you sell your home. You can build staircases or paths between levels or alongside your deck for little money; just be sure to follow local zoning laws when doing so.
Lighting Outside Decks, Porches, Walkways & Steps
Lighting a pathway can make it feel more inviting and secure. Find outdoor lighting that works well with any design you’re considering. As you start shopping, keep in mind that lighting is an essential addition to your home’s overall curb appeal, but also keep in mind what you’ll need for convenience and safety. Lighting is a large investment, so shop around before making your final choice. And remember: After installation, be sure to test lights regularly to ensure they are operating properly.
Add an Outdoor Fireplace (Can Be Fake Gas Logs Too!)
There are a lot of creative ways to create an outdoor fireplace, such as repurposing old wood and setting up some concrete. Having an outdoor fireplace will increase your home’s aesthetic value and give you a place to gather with friends or entertain prospective buyers. If you don’t have room for an outdoor fire pit, you can also create a simple gas log that uses gas torches in place of real flames!
Contact us at All Around Soil & Stone today for all your landscaping ideas!