Summertime is a great opportunity to improve the landscaping around your house. Landscaped yard will enhance the curb appeal and add to the resale value of your home.
Homes with nice landscaping are likely to see sale prices that are 4 percent to 5 percent higher compared to similar properties in the neigbourhood according to the Guide for Plant Appraisal*
Most of all, landscaping doesn’t have to be expensive, though it will require some extra work. Here are 5 Tips for inexpensive ways to improve your landscaping.
Tip1 Plant a tree
Trees are the best investment in any landscape, so plant trees and watch your home equity grow. Trees can enhance property values because there are buyers that specifically look for homes with mature trees. Also, homes with lots of leafage block unpleasant views, lower noise levels, lower cooling costs in the summer and improve home appearance.
Tip 2 Take care of your lawn
Great looking lawn is relatively inexpensive to maintain and it creates a beautiful play area for families with kids. A lush lawn will make any home look great, so lay new lawn or alternatively you can use seeds to cover dried up patches. Mow and edge your lawn regularly since it gives the appearance of a yard well taken care of and appeals to prospective buyers.
Tip 3 Mulch and weed your garden regularly
Weeding and mulching your garden regularly gives an appearance of a well kept garden and of low maintenance which is another popular selling point among buyers.
Tip 4 Showcase your entrance
Add to the curb appeal of your home by adding welcoming planters at the entrance door. Fill the pots with bright flowering annuals to give your home an attractive look. Paint your front door if it looks dated and buy a new welcome mat, which will transform any home from dreary to cheery.
Tip 5 Prune, prune, prune
There is nothing worse than a new house listed for sale that has overgrown trees and shrubs. This creates a wild and unkempt look that may affect the sale of your home. A property littered with overgrown trees and shrubs gives prospective buyers the impression that homeowners might have been careless with the whole house and not just the garden. If correctly maintained, trimmed hedges and pruned shrubs can add immense appeal to your garden.
*Taken from American Society of Landscape Architects