Whether you are currently in the market to sell your home or not, increasing your home’s value can be extremely beneficial. In order to increase the value, it’s necessary to improve the curb appeal. In fact, you can raise the value of your home by up to 20% with the addition of some properly manicured and maintained landscaping.
First impressions are important in the housing market, because sometimes a snap judgment based on the appearance of your home can make or break your success in making bank. In addition, even if you are not looking to sell your home, you can contribute to improving the neighborhood and surrounding areas by keeping up appearances as well. Now that you are aware of some of the benefits landscaping can bring, let’s check out some ways to plan for a perfectly pruned yard.
Vary Color and Texture
When you are looking to improve your curb appeal, it’s important to consider what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. You want to make your landscaping as visually interesting as possible. If your yard is boring, it may not inspire anyone to take a second look. While that is not as bad as a negative response, we are aiming for raving reviews here, and no response does not achieve that goal.
To achieve variance in color and texture, start by picking a plant or a flower that you enjoy. If it is a bright color, then begin building a color palette around that, with complementary tones in the rest of the plants that you choose. If it is not a bright color, then aim to make your next pick something bold and beautiful that goes with your original choice and then build out from there. Consider the shapes of these plants and how they grow as well. What will they look like when they are all placed together in your yard? By taking a big picture approach to your landscaping, you can achieve a much more cohesive look.
Plan Around Your Home
In addition to picking colors and textures that are appealing, it is also important to consider the existing style of your home and plan around that. If your house is a certain color, for example, pick plants and flowers that complement that tone and don’t clash with it. Also, take into account the shapes created with your home and the architectural style. Your landscaping is meant to flow harmoniously with your house and the elements that create it.
Utilize Hardscape Elements
Create a pathway through your landscaping with pavers or concrete. This invites visitors and potential buyers to enjoy every aspect of the landscaping you have worked hard to create, and welcomes them into your yard and home. You can also create hardscape elements such as fire pits, water features, flower boxes, dividing walls, and more. The options are truly endless, and they can all add value and visual interest to your landscaping.
Create a Dynamic Design
The design of your landscaping should flow naturally. Sharp angles and straight lines are not as aesthetically pleasing, welcoming, or inviting. Instead, aim to create natural curves that serve as a path for your eyes to travel down and journey for your visitors to take. This dynamic design adds to the curb appeal of your home more than simply creating a static, boxy style landscape.
Are you ready to increase the value of your home? Want to take the next step with your landscaping plan? Contact our landscape experts to see how we can help!