5 Affordable Landscaping Ideas to Improve Your Property Value
Curb appeal isn’t just some random urban myth that real estate agents use to make homeowners spend more money— it’s a real phenomenon. Adjusting your property’s landscaping can boost your curb appeal as well as your general property value. While decorating trends come and go over the year, quality landscaping endures the test of time, adding value to your property right away.
In fact, according to realestate.com, landscaping can raise your property value “as much as 12%” and can decrease the amount of time your home is on the market— sometimes by as much as six weeks (Source).
This post covers several affordable landscaping project ideas to help you increase your property value.
Planting Trees On Your Property
Let’s face it, everyone loves a beautiful tree and they have quite a bit to offer. For example, trees work to screen off unfavorable views, while muffling sound from nearby streets and freeways. Trees have also been known to help homeowners save money— trees planted on the south and west sides of your home can reduce winter heating bills and help cut down summer cooling bills as well.
Homeowners seek out homes with trees (as long as they aren’t endangering the property. This handy calculator can help you understand how trees can improve your property.
Water Features Improve Outdoor Living
Many homeowners seek us out to help create a backyard oasis, complete with the relaxing sound of water. It’s hard to deny that the sound of water is soothing after al on day at work. Running water can mask distracting sounds all while adding an attractive element to your yard. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of affordable options to get started on a water feature project. Consider adding a foundation or a small pond; however, remember, there’s a water feature for every landscape and every budget.
Edge Your Lawn
There are few things that look more enticing than a healthy, vibrant, carefully maintained lawn of green grass. The confined appearance of an edged lawn presents an easy-to-maintain look. Edging along driveways, sidewalks, garden beds, and walk ways also shows prospective buyers how meticulous you have been about your property's maintenance. They'll understand that if you're willing to keep the edges of your yard looking great, the rest of the property is likely in pristine condition too.
Stamp Concrete Patios
If you are looking to give your backyard a unique look or simply make it feel more comfortable for day-to-day use, an update to your patio may just be the solution. A stamped-concrete patio has the ability to revolutionize the look and feel of your property. Patios made out of stamped concrete are one color as the concrete is tinted before being poured. Once poured, it's stamped with a particular design to mimic tiles, stones, bricks or your own customized design. Stamped concrete patios are easy to clean, offering a wide variety of customization options; plus, it's a quick project that can improve your home for years to come.
Even though all these projects may sound enticing, one of the largest landscaping mistakes homeowners make is beginning a project without a landscape design plan. You don’t want your yard to become a disorganized pastiche of your favorite designs— this will actually detract from your property value. Invest in an experienced landscape designer who can draw up a cohesive landscaping plan.
As a general guideline, it's standard practice to invest 10 percent of the value of your home in landscaping. If you don't have that kind of money to invest (not all of us do!), at the minimum it's recommendable to add color with annuals, perennials or seasonal flowering shrubs. You'll want to take care of mulching, edging, removing weeds, and improving your lawn as much as possible, as these are quick and inexpensive fixes.
Clarke Landscapes Would Be Honored To Help You
The professionals at Clarke Landscapes can assist you with all of these property value-boosting, affordable landscaping ideas and more. If you’re a homeowner in Connecticut, call us at (860)-643-1221. Or fill out one of our web forms and we’ll contact you to get started. We’ve been creating stunning landscapes for more than 15 years with a skilled team of expert designers and landscaping professionals.
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