So, you’ve made the decision and you’re ready to jump on board to sell your home this year. You’ve decided to move somewhere new and try something different with your life, or you want to upgrade or downsize.
And of course, you’re selling your old home to help with that transition. Good for you! It can be an extremely exciting time in your life, but it could also leave you wondering: what happens next?
One of the first things you’ll need to consider is what needs to be done to your property to bring it up to your desired market value. This might include renovations, small repairs to consistent problems, and a revamp of the garden. This can include landscaping work to beautify your outdoor space.
The first thing that you should do before you contact any landscaper is to sit down with a pencil and paper and make a plan. This plan can be as simple, or as complex as you like. Make sure
you map out where you want to put flower beds, trees, and any other features you’re going to be adding.
Having a plan in mind will help you to execute your landscaping renovation, rather than going about it haphazardly. Here are some tips on how landscaping can help you increase your property value.
Keep that grass cut
One of the biggest turn-offs for any potential buyer will be an unkempt lawn. Make sure your grass is cut, and your hedges are trimmed. You want to pay special attention to the often-overlooked areas and use a trimmer to get those cut to the same height as your grass.
Cut the edges as well with a whipper snipper so that there are no bits of grass hanging over the driveway or garden edges. Nothing smells better than fresh-cut grass and nothing looks better than a well-kept lawn.
Plant some trees
If, when you look out the back window, all you see is an open, empty space, then you might consider planting a few trees. There are two options for your arboreal friends when it comes to your garden: either mix and match or make sure there’s some uniformity.
There’s a lot more that goes into tree-planting than just digging a hole and planting a sapling. You have to consider things like spacing, surrounding plants, eventual growth projections in terms of height and width over a period of time. Know that by planting a tree you are leaving a legacy in the land, no matter where you move next.
Add color through plants
Another great addition to any front lawn is a selection of colorful plants and flowers. There are so many options for you to choose from, and not all flowers grow well together, so choose wisely. Construct the garden you want to leave behind.
If you grow any aromatic flowers, your new property owners are likely to be visited by butterflies and bees. Thick bursts of colorful flowers in peak summertime will add a sense of dimension and texture to space.
Add stonework if you’re into it
Something that’s often overlooked in a big garden is stonework. This can be as intricate or as simple as you like — whether that’s some crushed gravel to create a walkway in between the flowers, or some actual stone Cherub adorns, to add a sense of scale and perhaps antiquity to
the place. Stone steps may also be up your alley, as a cleaner, less time-consuming addition to a walkway.
Add a water feature
Another alternative, perhaps to stonework is to add some sort of water feature. This can be a very simple fountain, or something a bit more intricate. Having a water feature may attract some birds, too, as it could become a ‘bird bath’ spot. You’ll need to piggyback off your home’s water source for this project.
Landscaping makes a house a home. Well-kept gardens conjure visions of the future for young families and flower beds aplenty keep the green thumbs among us occupied. Landscaping offers the home a sense of scale and provides very real boundaries between the different sections of any house. The front garden might be the flower garden area, while the back is a wide-open space made for uninterrupted play.