If you ask a real estate agent what your home needs to sell, chances are you’ll get a two-word answer: Curb appeal.
When the National Association of Realtors surveyed its members last year, 99 percent said they thought curb appeal was important for attracting buyers.
And 96 percent of Realtors say they suggest sellers improve their home’s curb appeal before putting the property up for sale.
If you’re one of those sellers, here are a few real estate landscape construction ideas to help boost your home’s resale potential.
1. Add some design basics
Chances are you’ve given parts of your home a makeover over the years. New clothes in your closet, new wallpaper in your kitchen, new furniture in the living room.
Why not do the same for the outside of your home? Consider adding a few basic landscape features, such as:
- Quality mulch
- Flowering shrubs
- A flagstone walkway
- Stone planters
And if your property already has these features, you may want to consider upgrading or replacing them.
2. Invest in “softscaping”
What do we mean by “softscaping”? It’s a form of real estate landscape construction that involves adding plants to your yard in a strategic fashion. It’s a great tool for homeowners whose yards are in solid shape but maybe just need a splash of color and texture.
Your softscaping project might include new trees and shrubs, fresh perennials, and boulder accents.
Trees can be especially important. Studies have shown that living in a tree-lined neighborhood can add as much as 15 percent to the sale price of your home. They make the air feel fresh and provide shade, which helps lower summer energy costs.
3. Learn the difference between mowing and edging
It’s one thing to have a lawn that’s well maintained, and another to have one that’s well-maintained and edged. By edging along sidewalks, driveways and garden beds, you can show potential buyers your lawn at its finest.
They’ll look at an edged lawn and get the sense that you care about the rest of your property as well.
Lawncare is one of the best things you can do for your property if you know you’ll be selling your home in the coming year. It’s simple to do, and can provide a massive return on your investment.
Just remember to fertilize, aerate, rake and weed your lawn, and you’ll be most of the way there.
4. Make sure your home and your landscape match
One way to make sure your home sells is by making you’re your landscaping matches the style of your home. If your home has a more modern look, you wouldn’t want a very formal, stately garden, just as you wouldn’t want a spartan looking garden with an ornate Victorian home.
5. Attract buyers year round
Home sales may swell during the warm weather months, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t looking at your property during the rest of the year. Make sure there’s something to catch their eye in every season: blooming flowers in the spring, annuals in the summer, bright leaves in the fall and evergreens in the window. It’s a fantastic way to help them imagine how the home will look year-round.
If you’re looking for help with these real estate landscape construction projects – or if you have an idea for a project we haven’t mentioned here – Realty Landscaping can help.
Our experts are ready to help your home look its best, whether you’re selling next year, or just want your property to be the envy of your neighborhood. Contact us today to get started.