Does Landscaping Add Value to Your Home?

A well-landscaped homeWatch enough HGTV and there’s one phrase you’re bound to hear over and over again: curb appeal.

It’s a term the real estate world uses to describe how attractive a home is when seen from the street. The stronger the curb appeal, the stronger your bargaining position with potential buyers. And one way to increase curb appeal is through landscaping.

Does landscaping add value to homes? A lot of experts say yes.

“A well-landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping,” writes Cam Merritt in SF Gate’s Home Guides. “This advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent depending on the type of landscaping and the home’s original value. That translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home.”

But while landscaping can add value to your home, it needs to go beyond, as Merritt puts it, “sticking some flowers and a couple of shrubs in the ground.”

Here are a few ways you can take your residential landscaping to the next level and increase your home’s curb appeal in the process.

1. The basics

We’d be willing to wager you’ve made some small cosmetic changes to the inside of your home in the years you’ve lived there, whether that meant painting the kitchen or adding new carpeting in the living room.

Make sure you do the same kind of basic upkeep outdoors as well, things like adding fresh, quality mulch or putting in a new stone walkway.

2. Softscaping

Softscaping is another form of real estate landscaping. Add value to your home – as much as 15 percent – through this method, which involves the strategic addition of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers to add color and texture to your property.

3. Don’t just mow, edge

We all want lawns that are well-maintained. But if you want to use landscaping to add value to a home, make sure your lawn is edged as well as mowed.

When you edge along your driveways, walkways and garden beds, you’ll show potential homebuyers that you care about little details.

Good lawncare – mowing, raking, fertilizing and aerating – is one of the best things you can do if you know you’ll be putting your home on the market. It’s simple and provides a potentially substantial return on your investment.

4. Match your home to your landscaping

Curb appeal may be all about getting your home noticed, but you don’t want to get noticed for the wrong reasons. Therefore, make sure your landscaping doesn’t clash with your home. If you live in a very modern looking house, you may not want an ornate English-style garden (or a bare yard outside a stately Victorian-style home).

5. Landscaping doesn’t end when summer does

Even though spring and summer are big homebuying seasons, people are still looking for properties year round. Make sure there’s something to catch a potential homebuyer’s eye no matter the season: bright leaves in the fall, evergreens in winter, and flowers in spring and summer. No matter when they’re seeing your house, your landscaping will help them imagine living there.

Are you looking for ways to make sure your landscaping adds value to your home? Realty Landscaping can help.

Our residential landscaping team can devise ways for your property to look its best, whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want a way to make your yard look its best. Contact us today to set up an appointment..

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