Improve Your Landscape – Increase Your Property Value
It’s all about curb appeal. Making that first good impression on potential home buyers starts with how your home looks like from the street. A well-designed landscape, green lawn, beautiful trees and maintained walkways will make it more aesthetically pleasing and could boost your resale value.
In the same way that good landscaping can attract buyers to your property, bad landscaping or an unkempt yard can turn them away. Professional landscapers in Edmonton can help you improve your home’s curb appeal, help you get a better return on investment and create an outdoor space you’re going to love using in the meantime.
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According to an article published on House Logic about landscaping to increase home value, good landscaping can add up to 28 per cent to overall home value. The article also advises that you shouldn’t embark on a major landscaping overhaul to merely flip a house – but to invest in good landscaping for your personal enjoyment knowing you’ll reap the rewards when it comes time to sell.
That said, you don’t have to break the bank to spruce up your curb appeal if you are planning on selling sooner than later. Here are some things you can do to spruce up your landscaping and create a more attractive curb appeal:
Clean up your yard.
Once the snow melts it is time to get your yard ready to impress! Clean up the yard, remove dead branches from your trees, pick up any mess left by your dogs, rake up leaves and debris and get rid of last year’s dead weeds. Remove or replace dead or dying plants and give your patio and walkways a good pressure wash.
Spend time on lawn maintenance.
If you plan on selling your home in the summer or fall, then spring is the best time to start a lawn maintenance regime. A brown lawn that is full of weeds does not look good on a real estate listing and an unkempt lawn might make buyers believe that the rest of the house hasn’t been properly maintained either. Dedicate some time and money in properly fertilizing, watering and mowing your lawn.
Plant a tree.
Having a tree on your property can raise your home’s value. According to an article in MoneySense, a property with healthy trees can easily sell for more than 5 per cent more than those that don’t have trees. Make sure you choose a tree that does well in urban environments and your climate zone. Slow growing trees, like elm or oak trees, usually offer the most value as they provide more shade and stay healthier longer.
Add some colour.
Adding a few plant boxes or flower pots to your home’s landscape will give your property a splash of vibrant colour and show buyers that you are proud of your property. Use flowers to spruce up patios and entry ways. If you want to build permanent flower beds, consider hiring experienced landscapers in Edmonton.
Outdoor lights added around your deck and patio can create a more inviting atmosphere. You should also consider that potential buyers might drive by your home in the evening to check it out, so having good exterior lighting on your driveway and walk ways could help showcase your yard and all the work you’ve done to the landscaping.
Great curb appeal can attract buyers, bring up your listing price and help you sell your home faster. Learn more about how to landscape your home on the cheap.