5 tips to add value to your home through landscaping

Residential


You know how they say “first impressions count”? Even before stepping foot inside the door, the value of your property can be increased, or decreased, by its landscaping—a part of its curb appeal.


So how can you ensure that the exterior of your home has the ‘wow’ factor? Here are five landscaping tips and ideas to help get you started.



1. A tidy garden equals a well-maintained home

Set the stage with a clean and tidy garden—this means a mown lawn, no overgrown plants or weeds, toys and bikes put away in the garage and no broken fencing. And why is this so important? Because people will assume that the property has been looked after and cared for—there's added value in that.



2. Easy care is essential

Often, simple is best in the garden. Unless someone is a keen gardener, all buyers see is ongoing maintenance if there is too much going on. Instead of worrying about planting in every available space, think about using rocks and mulch as part of the landscaping—this will help keep weeds at bay too.



3. Show off all available space

Keeping your lawn and pathways trimmed and well-maintained will mean potential buyers can see every inch of space you have available. Even removing large garden beds that aren’t being used could better enhance the appeal of your home, as it can open up an area and make it seem bigger giving the space added potential for buyers, particularly those with children —every square inch can count when it comes to value.     



3. Show off all available space

Keeping your lawn and pathways trimmed and well-maintained will mean potential buyers can see every inch of space you have available. Even removing large garden beds that aren’t being used could better enhance the appeal of your home, as it can open up an area and make it seem bigger giving the space added potential for buyers, particularly those with children —every square inch can count when it comes to value.     



5. Hiding property shortfalls 

Landscaping is also very useful for hiding any shortfalls you have on your property. For example, you may have a neighbour in close proximity, so you could plant some large hedges or shrubs to discreetly give your home a little more privacy from those nosey neighbours.

You don’t have to have green fingers to achieve a fantastic first impression of your home; simple and well thought out gardens can work just as well as a professional landscaping job, for a fraction of the cost.



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