Whether you want to sell your home or make it stand out from all the others on the street, landscaping is the way to go. It tidies up the face of your house and improves the overall appearance of your home. It also helps to hide undesirable elements that lurk at the front of your property.
Landscaping improves property value by at least 5-10 percent. Research studies dating back to the 1980’s show us how a little landscaping can boost the sales appeal of any home. A recent study conducted by the University of Western Australia highlights the same theory. If you’re in the market to sell, here’s how to use landscaping to increase your home’s value.
- Plan and Lay a Lawn
If you have sufficient space, lay out a lawn to cover the ground. You could either use seeds, seedlings or turf to get the job done. If you plant seeds, it will take much longer for the grass to grow. If you want the job done quickly, opt for turf. Many varieties are available and they suit different types of weather and varying environments. When purchasing turf, make sure the soil has not dried out. Make sure you lay it out quickly instead of leaving it out in the sun for a few days after purchase.
- Plant Shrubs and Trees
If you want to give yourself some privacy, consider planting trees and shrubs in your garden. Fruit and flower bearing trees can increase the home’s value by thousands. You could also plant an acceptable street tree on the nature strip in front of your home. This will create a privacy screen that keeps curious onlookers at bay.
- Define Edges and Pathways
Although you could use pavers to define edges of the garden, you could also use plants to create stunning designs and well-defined pathways. Use coloured plants to border the garden. Lambs ears (Stachys Byzantina, Heuchera), Purple Knight (Alternanthera dentate), and Nandina (Nandina domestica) are good choices.
- Work on the Entranceway
Use planters or plant eye-catching plants to line up your driveway. If your property is prone to waterlogging, it would be a good idea to install permeable driveways. These driveways are made of porous materials. They reduce runoff and prevent flooding, protecting your plants and your home.
- Create an Entertainment Area
Section off an area of your lawn and turn it into a casual entertainment area. You could add outdoor furniture, a fireplace and a barbeque to enjoy a private retreat in your backyard. Purchase and install a few decorative garden accents to give it your own personalised style. You might not end up selling your property after all!