In this competitive real estate market, there is almost no house that won’t sell. However, many predict this bubble is soon to pop. Then, it will become imperative to incentivize potential home buyers in every way possible, should you desire to move. And, while this holds true for the interior of your home, and many upgrades, it is vitally important within your landscape. Not only do you want to sell your home, but you want to maximize its value. This helps you even if you do not plan to sell, but keep it as an asset. This aspect of your property value is often overlooked, but your landscape is the first impression of your home. A manicured yard or a nice hardscape are obvious amenities, and will be reflected in any estimate. Here are a few ways you can drive up the value of your home with landscaping.
Engage in Routine Maintenance
The most important things within your landscape are the most obvious. If you have your lawn consistently, and professionally maintained, your lawn will be in great shape. This lush lawn will be a fantastic selling point. Additionally, no potential homeowner wants to have to fix up any major problems, and a dead lawn is a huge chore. This means buyers are willing to pay more for a nicer lawn, and may be more comfortable if they are aware that routine maintenance has been kept up on for many years. Beyond your lawn, mature trees and shrubs can increase a home value by up to 15 percent, so healthy plant material is also a must. Utilize a professional landscaper like Dream Greener, and you will sure to wow your next realtor, and watch that zillow estimate skyrocket.
As we mentioned, your landscape is the first thing about your property that a potential buyer may see, so dressing it up is vital. We are talking a nice hardscape pathway up to your front door, lined with well tended plants, perfectly selected for the season, as well as outdoor lighting. While this may be the dream, even pieces of this can increase home’s value. There are many options when it comes to outdoor lighting, but lining your walkway looks great, and offers increased security. A new hardscape walkway also gives a great look, and is sure to drive up the value of your home. As with anything else, spruce up your first impression, and you are sure to impress.
Invest in your Backyard
For any new or growing family, a nice backyard is going to be essential. Thus, increasing the value of your home can be done right there where you toss around the pigskin. Whether it be a nice patio to watch the Steelers take down the Browns, or fresh mulch surrounding the trees, a backyard where visitors can be hosted, and kids can play is all the rage. Utilize colorful plants, and low maintenance landscape additions to attract buyers and increase your selling mark. Installing fencing or shrubs back there for privacy can be great as well. When using professional design, keep the future in mind, and just a pro tip: water features are great for now, but may not be so enticing for a buyer. Drive up the value of your home, by creating assets, not liabilities.
Dream Greener Lawn & Landscape is led by a staff of service experts, each with ten years or more of professional experience, focused exclusively on lawn care & maintenance, landscaping and snow & ice management. Locally owned and operated, we are proud to serve the greater Pittsburgh area. Give us a call today at (412) 835-1035.
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