Want to add value to your home? Landscaping is the answer
With the economy the way that it is, it’s no secret that it’s a renter’s market. With so many houses available, everyone is exhausting themselves trying to add value to their homes. However, we suggest a new way to add value to your home: by stepping outside of it. Studies have shown that landscaping not only adds value by enhancing curb appeal, but can also increase the rate at which your house sells.
According to a study completed at Clemson University, taking your landscaping from “good” to “excellent”, in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value. Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home, landscaping is still a good investment. Not only does it add value to your home, but also increases the value of your neighbor’s homes.
Now we know what you are thinking, landscaping is already a big enough task without even considering the upkeep and maintenance of a good looking yard. So what if we told you that there are multiple landscaping options that are low maintenance, and that may require less upkeep than you are currently doing?
So lets start with the one thing that almost all yards have: grass. The weather conditions in Canada can be problematic when it comes to maintaining your yard and keeping your yard green, this is especially true for those people with beloved pets. So we have a few alternatives that are even more low maintenance than regular grass: artificial grass, or replacing the grass altogether with decorative rock or paving stones. Artificial grass is a low maintenance alternative that is also environmentally friendly since it doesn’t need the use of chemicals (such as herbicides or pesticides) in order to remain pest free. It also remains green all year round, and can reduce your water bill since there is no need to water your lawn! The other alternative is replacing your grass with paving stones or decorative rocks. This gives you the option to choose a color other than green as the focus of your yard. Decorative stones also allow you to keep plants in your garden, which is not possible with artificial turf.
Adding a walkway leading up to your home or in the backyard is also another easy touch you can add to make your yard a little more appealing. By creating a walkway towards your home, you give a direct sense of direction into your home, and walkways are very low maintenance. There are multiple ways to create a walkway, whether it’s getting steps built going up to the home and then accenting them with decorative rocks, or just using paving slabs placed onto the preexisting grass, there is a walkway to fit your home.
Finally, a great addition to landscaping your home would be a fire pit. A fire pit could be something that sets your home apart from others on the market, as it shows potential buyers an outdoor space they can utilize in addition to their home. It is also a great addition to any patio that is already there, since it can extend the time spent outside with family and friends.
In summary, the use of landscaping can add value to your home, simply by making your home stand out from others. However, when considering a plan for your landscape, make sure that it fits in with other houses in the community. Although you do want your home to stand out, make sure that it is still appropriate and aligns with the other homes around you.
Landscaping may seem like a big task in the beginning, however there are many different contractors or stores, such as BURNCO Landscape, that will be there to help you every step of the way. Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home anytime soon, landscaping can be a great investment now that will pay off later!