All homeowners want their home to increase in value. In fact, no matter how long you plan to live in your home, you want it to increase in value as much as possible. Whether you’re looking to make your home more appealing to a buyer or you want to find a home that has the best features, landscaping may be an important factor to consider.
Here are some things you may want to look for or make sure your home offers:
Perhaps everybody wants to have a shady spot to lounge. It’s important to plant trees as early and do everything you can to keep existing trees healthy. A mature tree can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. With multiple healthy trees, this can be significant when selling.
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” -Unknown
The property around a house should ideally be usable space. Homebuyers want to be able to entertain friends on their property, maybe play basketball or bocce, go swimming, or run on a path. Pools, tennis courts, outdoor kitchens, all things that raise utility also raise the appeal of a home.
Landscaping Design for A Feeling of Purpose
If you were to sit down and think about it, the way to identify a property with landscape design and one whose landscape is not planned, the key factor is intentionality. Landscaping design doesn’t leave your property’s layout to chance, there are purpose and patterns and theme. This planning means that the walkways flow better, the distinct landscape areas are more accessible to each other, and your property seems cohesive and organized. The timing of the budding of your flowers can even be planned so that something is always in bloom throughout spring, summer and fall.
Money magazine estimated that while kitchen or bathroom remodeling can bring a recovery value up to 125 percent, landscaping can bring up to a 200-percent return at selling time. This sense of order and peace is valuable to homebuyers.
If you don’t have enough time before you want to sell, or have prioritized other projects, at least walk the grounds around your home and look for the areas that don’t feel welcoming, the places there should be a path but isn’t, and the areas where the plants are suffering. Solving these small problems can go a long way towards making your property feel good.
“Curb Appeal” is the first impression your home makes when a guest pulls up. It’s one part home presence (architecture, paint, entryway decor) and one part landscape (plantings, tress, walkways and driveways). You must give attention to both home presence and landscape to make the best presentation. Stand in the street in across from your home. Does the building look well maintained? Interesting? Welcoming? Do the plants look inviting? Overgrown? Crowded? Bare? If you’re hoping to sell, fine-tune your curb appeal. If you’re looking to buy, demand that the home you choose be inviting and well kept.
For help buying or selling your Bay Area home, contact the Laura Wucher Team today.