The importance of first impressions cannot be overstated. Why is that so? The truth is that most people make their decisions based on their observations and feelings long before they consider logical reasons. A heart’s impact often exceeds that of the brain and this goes the same with your home’s landscape design,
In order to make a great first impression as a homeowner preparing to sell your house, make sure you show off every room to its full potential. But should exterior improvements be treated the same as interior ones? Your home’s value can rise by up to 10% if your landscape design is attractive and well-maintained.
Landscaping: Welcoming Potential Buyers to Your Home
When it comes to selling your home, how important is landscaping? Landscape upgrades return 100% of the investment, while kitchen renovations return only 67% of the costs spent. Therefore, while you are cleaning up the inside of your home and getting ready to move, don’t forget to take care of the exterior.
During a viewing, the exterior of your home sets the tone for the entire experience. If their first impression of the house is one of poor maintenance and a drab appearance, they will perceive the rest of the house accordingly. It can therefore make a significant difference to the selling time and price of your home if you invest in landscaping.
Essential Things to Consider When Designing a Landscape
There is no need to spend a lot of money on landscaping, but keeping the lawn mowed regularly is one of the most basic landscaping tasks. Do not wait until the open house to make an effort. It is important to maintain your garden and front yard regularly in case the buyer drives by to see if it’s worth their time to view it.
It is also necessary to put a stop to other unwanted features. The task of weeding and trimming back trees and bushes falls under this category and plants that are dying or already dead should also be removed. In order to give the appearance of orderliness and good maintenance, fresh mulch should be laid down.
Flower, Never Neglect Blooms
Adding potted plants is the first step. It’s great to have them on the porch, but you have to make sure you water them regularly. It is also possible to place them in a variety of different locations. However, don’t go overboard. It is not necessary to have dozens. You can add small, attractive accents to the exterior of your home with a few handfuls of flowers.
Consider installing a flowerbed if you don’t already have one. You and the future owner will both save time and effort by filling it with low-maintenance plants. In the end, flowers aren’t worth much if they can only bloom for a few weeks.
Take a Look at Your Neighbor’s Landscaping
You can learn a lot from your neighbors if you want to spruce up your yard. It is important that your landscaping is on par with those within your neighborhood. Otherwise, buyers might feel they are getting sub-par housing in the area.
However, you may want to install something to block the view of your neighbor’s landscaping if you don’t want buyers to see it from your home. A tall hedge or a small tree can sometimes do the trick, although they can be pricey. Wood fences are also an option, but some buyers prefer an open view, so it may cause an issue.
Use Plants and Vegetation
Plants make a home look more beautiful and well-placed during an open house, which is good for your property and for potential buyers who are there to take a look.
By landscaping appropriately, you can easily block and replace unwanted views such as bus stops, trash cans, and other distracting structures. By incorporating trees and other screening plants, this problem can be solved while also enhancing privacy.
In addition, trees can provide solar insulation. Consult your local landscape contractor to ensure they are not planted too close to the foundation, since it can lead to roots invading over time and causing red flags to buyers.
Keep Your Landscape Maintained
Getting your house sale-ready can be as simple as a little perseverance in the yard. The best way to maintain your yard is to spend a few hours each week doing the typical chores:
- Removing debris such as dead leaves and dog droppings
- Getting rid of pesky weeds
- Keeping those long hedges trimmed
- Maintaining the lawn
- Taking care of your grass, plants, and trees by watering them
After that, move on to other landscape elements that are not immediately visible:
- Inspecting your downspouts to ensure they are functioning
- Eliminating debris from eaves troughs
- Placing drain spouts far away from the foundation of your house and in a location where they won’t cause a mess
Sell Your Home with an Attractive Landscape by West Hills Masonry!
The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Make sure your home is well maintained and possibly add a few renovations to entice buyers and sell it faster. The landscape of your home can contribute greatly to the value of your home, whether you are selling it now or down the road.
Overall, maintenance is of the utmost importance in your landscape design. The good news is that maintenance doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or labor-intensive process. Get in touch with us and we can give your yard a makeover.
To get started, email us at Info@westhillsmasonry.com or contact us at 714-519-5009 at West Hills Masonry today!