Good landscaping can raise the value of a home up to 28 percent and help a home sell between 10 and 15 percent faster than those that have not been landscaped. Before they even walk into your home, landscaping gives potential buyers a first impression; it’s important to invest time and care into it.
This is the best time of the year to get out there and show your yard a little TLC while enjoying the beautiful Minnesota summer!
Top 5 curb appeal elements to invest in:
The value of trees will vary by geographic area, but the National Tree Benefit Calculator helps tell you how much your trees are worth in your specific zip code, as well as how much they benefit storm water runoff, reduce carbon dioxide and even help save energy costs in your home. Strategically placing trees when you are planting to create wind-blocks or shade can cut heating bills by up to 15 percent and reduce AC bills by 75 percent. One study claims that just looking at trees produces significant stress recovery after only 5 minutes. If your lot is bare, consider planning and planting trees accordingly, as they will take 5-7 years to mature. If you already have mature trees in your yard, maintain them by watering, pruning and watching for tree pests or diseases.
While potential buyers are walking up to your front door, they will likely notice your flowerbeds. Annuals and perennials should be tidy and plants that are in bad shape should be removed. Although seasonal blooms may be beautiful for a short time, consider placing accent plants in your flowerbeds that are easy to maintain and will look good for multiple seasons. Bamboo or screening plants can be used to cover up unsightly objects such as garbage cans or hose faucets. Consider removing any plants that you intend to take to your next home out of the flowerbeds to avoid confusion during closing processes.
In the NAHB’s “What Home Buyer Really Want” survey, outdoor lighting consistently ranks at the top for most-wanted outdoor feature—of those surveyed, 41 percent say it is essential and 49 percent say it is desirable. Tasteful lighting helps buyers see your home and landscaping choices at night, and if placed correctly, should draw the attention to your front door as the focal point of your home. In addition, outdoor lighting can be a great safety measure, preventing slips and falls in your yard or walkway, as well as making it difficult for intruders to target your home. Soft lighting is a great addition to the yard or front porch, not only making a home feel safer, but also homier.
Defined borders and fresh mulch
Has your lawn started to grow into your flowerbeds creating uneven lines? Defining the borders of your landscape can improve the entire look of the yard, creating a neat, well-maintained appearance. Start by creating smooth, sweeping curves for borders that are in scale with the size of your home. Lay down a fresh application of mulch to your beds to enhance the color and create a contrast between your lawn and landscape. Adding mulch to areas of your yard not only keeps the weeds down, but also is relatively cheap and easy to maintain.
Pots and containers
Container plants can add interesting details to your front porch or doorway to enhance the image. There are endless possibilities for displaying with different pots or plants, but keep in mind that less is more with potted plants. Having a few large pots with distinct colors or shapes will add a simple but appealing detail that can highlight your home; however, adding too many small pots can give off a cluttered, distracting vibe.
Curb appeal is the attractiveness of the exterior of your home and property when viewed from the street. How you choose to landscape your home is the first impression that individuals passing by or potentially viewing your home receive. Whether you plan to sell your home today or down the road, consider cleaning up your landscape with some of the tips above, knowing you are making a good long-term investment in your home.