Your home can actually increase in value over the years with some good landscaping, as well as instantly being worth up to tens of thousands dollars more. As the years go by, any plants and shrubs you planted tend to grow more and become more appealing; interior design, on the other hand, can often become outdated, and mechanical systems wear down.
Improving Your Home’s Value
Depending on the original value of your home and the type of work carried out by a landscaper, you can expect the value of your home to increase by somewhere between 5.5 and 12.7 percent. If a home is worth around $300,000 that equates to an additional $16,500 to $38,100 in value. However, good landscaping is all about sophisticated and clever design when it comes to appealing to potential buyers; simply planting a few shrubs and flowers here and there won’t make all that much difference. Having mature and larger plants also appeal to buyers, and a landscaping design with a diverse range of plant life can also help your home to sell faster.
Planning the Landscaping
However, potential buyers don’t like a landscaping look that seems poorly planned, disorganized and not cohesive, making it essential to come up with a plan before you call in the landscaper. It’s relatively easy to create your own master plan for your outdoor space if you don’t want to hire a professional landscaper, or don’t feel that you can afford one. As a rule of thumb, if you spend between $500 and $3,000 on plants for your outdoor space, you can confidently expect to have a great looking and professional looking landscape, even if you consider yourself to be an amateur.
Add the Most Value With a Mature Garden
Buyers get a positive signal if they see a landscape dominated by larger and more mature plants; it looks as if the garden has been carefully looked after over the years. The obvious assumption on the part of a potential buyer is that if the outside looks well cared for, the inside of the house has probably been looked after too.
Landscaping Tips For Any Budget
If you’re staying in your home for the foreseeable future, it’s beneficial to have a long-term landscaping plan. However, there are more immediate steps you can take to give your home some curb appeal if you are planning to sell it within a year. You can achieve the look of a professional landscaper by cutting fresh edges along your planting beds and creating a well-defined edge between grass and dirt or mulch. You want a buyer to admire a great looking and lush lawn, meaning that treating your yard with fertilizer regularly should be on your to-do list. Purchase some larger shrubs and perennials and some colorful annuals, and be sure to add some touches of color here and there. That way, even if you just started taking care of your garden, it won’t look that way.