101 Ways to Increase the Real Estate Market Value of Your Home Continued…Landscape
Curb appeal – that is what it’s all about!
Wowing visitors and potential buyers with a clean, polished, uncluttered
appearance the minute they drive up to the curb.
When it comes to increasing the market value of your home and attracting
potential buyers, the landscape around the house is the icing on
the cake; every bit as important as location. An irresistible welcome
mat that makes people want to jump out of the car, to see the rest
of the house.
Landscaping efforts often represent the second best return on investment
(ROI) – with an average recoup of 100% or better. Not only
can the landscape increase the real estate value of your home, but
putting focus on curb appeal can help your home sell faster.
Follow the tips below to help get the exterior surrounding your
home in tip-top shape and really stand out:
In addition to landscape improvements, consider these other
tips on how to increase the real estate market value of your home:
- Remove any foliage and cut back shrubbery
that hides the house – this includes trees, hedges,
and anything else that blocks the front entrance view of the house
from the road. Not only does such overgrowth hint of neglect and
take away from the aesthetic appeal of the home. It represents
a security problem – providing cover for intruders.
- Edge your lawn – the positive visual
impact and landscaping curb appeal of a green, lush well-groomed
lawn that is properly edged cannot be over emphasized. If you
haven’t the time for upkeep required, invest in landscape
- Add Color – a pop of color helps create
a beautiful landscape appealing to the eye; making the house look
more inviting. Plant colorful annuals along the walkway and near
the front entrance; plant ground cover around the base of trees.
Helpful hint: research shows that the color yellow evokes a buying
- Spread grass seed – if grass is sparse
and unhealthy, spread lawn seed. Traffic areas especially may
- Lay turf – whether replacing the whole
lawn with turf grass, or just as spot treatment for bald spots.
- Get rid of unsightly weeds– pull them
out (make sure you get the whole root), or use a weed-remover
- Use liquid grass fertilizer – for the
greenest lawn possible. Using a dispenser that fits onto the hose
will help ensure even distribution; keep lawn well watered.
- Install a lawn sprinkler system – this
not only helps keep the lawn looking great while reducing time
spent on landscape maintenance. An automatic sprinkler system
is a great selling point. If you’ve a garden space, consider
installing a garden sprinkler system.
- Keep lawn well mowed – a height of 2-inches
gives a well manicured, uniform appearance. If summers are particularly
hot, up to 3-inches is acceptable. The added height will help
roots grow deeper into the soil where moisture is more abundant.
- Dress-up your driveway – planting trees
and bushes along your driveway dresses it up and creates an attractive
border sure to attract attention.
- Add interest and color to your backyard landscape
– add a trellis. Pick an area off to the side of one corner
of the house, and create the illusion that the house is larger
than it really is. Select fast-growing flowering vines for fragrance
and visual appeal.
- Create a rock garden – an especially
innovative option for a scant lawn that doesn’t quite meet
the curb or driveway. A 2-foot wide strip along both sides of
the driveway and/or where the property meets the curb can be filled
with multicolored rocks. Mix large rocks with small for variety;
strategically placed pots of plants add color and interest.
- Add an arbor garden or potted shrubs –
a great way to hide unsightly spots and draw attention away from
less attractive areas of the yard.
- Weed garden landscape – and turn soil
over with fresh mulch for optimum appeal.
- Landscaping idea – paint a layer of
diluted yogurt on a terra cotta pot, urn, birdbath, or statue
to age it with an attractive mossy finish for enhanced landscape
- Create a rock garden pond – the perfect
solution for a lawn with large bald spots; more cost effective
than a garden pond surrounded by flora, with less upkeep.
- Light up the landscape – and make your
home look more inviting. Landscape light – whether solar,
outdoor track lighting, or designer Malibu landscape lighting
– provides a hospitable ambiance that enhances home exterior.
- Add security lighting – such as flood
lights or motion-sensitive lights. Select traditional or decorative
styles – such as sconces. Security lights enhance safety;
both from intruders and by lighting up pathways and reducing the
risk of accidents. They also make property look more appealing.
- Clear debris from yard – that includes
sticks, litter, toys, leaves, and even bird droppings; only a
fresh, well manicured lawn should greet the eyes of potential
- Keep trees and shrubs neatly pruned –
critical for curb appeal. Cut back overgrown trees and overhanging
plants. “Tame” your yard so that it looks well manicured.
- Remove any badly damaged, dead or dying plants and trees
– grass over holes, or plant healthy new specimens.
- Enhance landscape using a theme – one
that will compliment your home design. Consider a desert landscape,
natural landscape, or tropical landscape – depending upon
- Add an outdoor water feature – such as
a fountain, garden pond waterfall, or even just a birdbath. Water
features attract butterflies, birds, and other specimens of wildlife
– adding enchantment to your yard. Such elements also add
aesthetic appeal, and the sounds made by water are relaxing and
- Hire a landscape designer or landscape architect –
if your property needs extensive TLC. They can create a landscape
plan complete with detailed diagrams and plant lists; you can
save money by doing the work yourself. Having an expert draw up
the plans will ensure a professional-looking outcome, and your
real estate home value will go up.
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