You’ve probably heard that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses but there are a lot of other things you can do to spruce up the curb appeal of your home and boost your property value. According to This Old House, a landscaping investment of $400 or $500 can return up to 4 times that amount when it’s time to sell.
If you have a green thumb and you know how to plant a garden then you are ready to increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. But even if gardening isn’t your thing you can still improve your landscaping by focusing on a few key areas to gardening success.
1. Prune Bushes and Shrubs – A well shaped bush simply looks better then one that is over grown and poorly maintained. Keeping bushes and shrubs under control is also important because when overgrowth crowds your home it can promote mold and cause damage to the home. Pruning may be something you’re not comfortable doing but it’s easy to find a landscaping company to handle this for you. Once the pruning is done it’s easier to maintain on your own.
2. Fill in a Patchy Lawn – Everyone loves green grass! Grass seed and plenty of water is the DIY solution to filling in those spotty areas in your yard. With ample attention and perseverance you can handle this problem yourself but if you’re looking for an easier solution consider hiring a company to come in, lay seed and fertilize your lawn. Professional landscaping companies can work magic on a lawn that needs a little TLC.
3. Go Low Maintenance – When choosing plants to fill your garden consider what fits best with your lifestyle. If gardening isn’t your favorite, start by planting things that are drought tolerant so you don’t have to heavily water them and always choose plants native to your region. This will help ensure the ease and success of your garden.
4. Recognize a Weed – A weed is any plant that is growing where you don’t want it to. When caring for and weeding your garden remember that you can pull anything that you don’t like the looks of or the location of. Your garden, your choice.
5. Plant a Tree – Buyers love a mature landscape that offers shade and curb appeal. A mature tree can cut down on cooling costs of the home and they are good for the environment. Just make sure you pay attention to the size the tree will be as it matures and where you put it.
As a homeowner, it’s important to remember that the exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, especially when it comes to selling. Landscaping is something affordable that you can do to greatly improve the curb appeal of your home and attract buyers.
At Title Mortgage we know that buying and selling real estate can be very stressful at times. Especially when searching for that perfect property or hoping the right buyer will walk through the door. If you are selling your home consider giving your landscaping a boost to spark the interest of those buyers before they even enter your home.