Although landscaping greatly improves backyard appearance and experience, there’s another aspect of landscaping that many people overlook; which is its value in real estate. Many homeowners feel the inside of the home is the most important when it comes time to sell, but the outside is absolutely just as critical. A small landscaping job can work to improve the value of your house / farm greatly, especially compared to other houses with uninteresting yards. In fact, studies have found that landscaping can increase the value of the home or any realty property from 7 to 15%!
Lots of time is spent on deciding what should be put where and what should be removed, but people often forget that there are many things you shouldn’t do as well. One of the most important things to consider is removal of trees. For example, The American Nursery & Landscape Association believes that keeping strong mature trees have a “strong or moderate impact” for homes even under $150,000.
When it comes time to decide where you should spend your money before selling, it’s important to remember that you’re investing in this project in order to increase your home’s real estate value (if that’s your intention); therefore, it’s critical to learn about the current trends of landscaping in the real estate market. There is certainly no lack of ideas when it comes to landscaping projects, the hard part is deciding which ideas you want to take and make your own. This is when you consult friends and neighbours involved in their own landscaping endeavours about what they’re doing and why. Other good resources are magazines, books, tv, the internet and even real estate agents.
Unfortunately, your potential buyers usually won’t share your interests in backyard design – which is the reason for all the research beforehand. Here are some recent trends that homebuyers have been looking for:
– Low maintenance landscape designs. For example, if your choosing between a large tree and a dwarf version, the dwarf tree would be preferred due to it needing less pruning
– Artificial fountains, ponds, and waterfalls. A well-designed and executed water feature provides a key focal point or accent that can make your backyard that much more striking.
– Year-round appeal. Evergreen trees as well as berry-producing shrubs provide great visual interest during a commonly unvaried winter scene.
For more year-round interest, you can implement more than just simple gardening to promote colour. Beautiful winter scenes can be developed using “hardscape” design elements like stone walls, gazebos and arbors. You can also mix these features with ornamental grasses to make it more visually appealing. It’s important to keep these things in mind during the spring and summer months because realizing that your backyard needs to be improved once the snow is falling is much too late. Therefore, you must exercise foresight during the Spring and Summer in order to provide a clean and graceful winter landscape.
Finally, it’s important to keep your yard looking well nurtured for prospective homebuyers. To start, make sure to remove dead leaves, grass stems, dead branches, etc. to keep your lawn looking neat and tidy. Spread a new layer of mulch around your shrubs to keep them looking fresh. Constantly weed gardens, driveways, interlock patios and more; this negates any thoughts of neglect on your property. Most importantly, keep your gardens well watered and the pavers and pavement clean for the most professional look to your yard.