Add Value to Your Home with These Landscaping Elements
When it comes to home value, outdoor aesthetics count.
There’s no question that landscaping can help increase the value of your home. However, it’s about more than just planting some flowers and spreading fresh mulch. Incorporating the right value-adding features for your property requires some planning and expertise.
The power of professional landscaping to increase your home's value is particularly worthwhile if you're considering listing it for sale. But even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, investing in a well-chosen landscaping project will maximize your home’s curb appeal and enhance your family’s enjoyment of your yard.
Here are several key items that can add value to your property.
A well-maintained yard has a significant impact on the overall desirability of your property. At the very least, the lawn should be mowed, trees pruned, weeds pulled, and garden enhanced with some colorful seasonal flowers. A professional landscape maintenance program will keep your lawn lush, weed-free and thriving all year long, as well as keep pests at bay.
Mature Trees & Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are not only beautiful; they are functional landscape components. Carefully curated and planted flowers, plants and trees are the heart of any garden. They also can meet a variety of needs, including creating shade or privacy, serving as a focal point, and adding visual interest to a landscape design. A professional landscape company can help you select plants that fit your design and will thrive in your geographic area.
Welcoming Front Walkway
Your home’s walkway plays a major role in a potential buyer’s first impression. Replace an uneven path or simple sidewalk with quality hardscape for an instant upgrade. Use plants or a small hedge on each side to add interest, and opt for a winding walkway to create anticipation of reaching your home’s front door.
Professional landscape lighting not only enhances security around your home, it also increases your property's value. An outdoor lighting system can dramatically transform the appearance of your home and surrounding property, and when properly maintained, it can improve your home’s aesthetics and safety for years to come.
A professionally-installed and maintained irrigation system is a major value-add for potential buyers. With the D.C. Metro Area’s notoriously hot and humid summers, proper watering is essential to maintaining the lush beauty of your lawn and garden. An irrigation system delivers water to the right place, in the right amount, at the right time, providing an efficient and eco-friendly way to manage and protect your investment.
An outdoor fire feature doesn’t just provide warmth. It provides a place to relax, connect and contemplate while extending the joy of your outdoor space into new seasons and hours. Whether it's wood-burning or natural gas, freestanding or built-in, a sought-after fireplace serves both as a focal point and a gathering place for outdoor entertaining and provides an ambiance unlike any other during evening gatherings.
Privacy is an important selling feature for potential buyers, and is one that can be achieved through thoughtfully designed landscaping. Plant shrubs or hedges in the front if your home has large windows that are visible from the street. In the backyard, create a private retreat with plantings like graceful evergreens or tight hedged boxwoods.
This popular amenity is a value-added crowd-pleaser. In fact, the National Kitchen & Bath Association recently reported that 60 percent of homeowners are planning to add outdoor kitchens to their yards, and Better Homes & Gardens named outdoor kitchens No. 1 on its list of 2021 outdoor living trends. Whether you focus on grilling and dining space or add more bells and whistles like a pizza oven, ice maker or wine cooler, you’re sure to see a return on your investment.
Water features can elevate your yard, making it more calming, enjoyable and fun. Whether it’s a cascading fountain, a naturalistic koi pond, or a pool fit for an Olympian, adding a water element is a great way to enhance your very own personal paradise and entice potential buyers.
Rossen Landscape offers comprehensive, creative landscape solutions and management to add value to your home. Learn about our landscape design and build services here, or contact us to schedule a consultation.