The housing market is still hot and even if it is slowing just a little bit, it’s still a great time to sell your house. But, like any seller, you want to get top dollar for your property and first impressions really matter when it comes to your asking price. According to the experts at GTA Landscaping, here are the top landscaping projects to increase your home’s value by improving your home’s first impression.
Almost all experts in the real estate business will tell you that the more trees your property has, the more you can ask for when selling your house. This doesn’t mean you should run out and plant trees all over your property.
Placement is critical when it comes to planting trees for several reasons. First, you don’t want to plant them too close to your septic system because tree roots cause havoc with sewer pipes.
Second, trees need to be planted a safe distance from the house itself so that there are no worries about branches falling on the roof or other safety hazards. Trees should also not block the sight of drivers on the road in front of your house, even when in full bloom, so make sure you’re taking into account that factor as well when determining placement of your trees.
Your front yard is a major part of a potential buyer’s first impression. If it’s full of weeds or overgrown, they aren’t going to think as highly of your property as they will if it’s neatly trimmed, lush, and inviting.
Curb appeal is a huge factor in setting an asking price for a house. Your yard should look at least as nice as the neighbor’s yard so that potential buyers aren’t comparing yours unfavorably to those around it.
If you don’t have enough time to take care of your yard, hire someone to do it for you. The return on investment for hiring a lawn care service to mow your grass, water your flowers, and trim your bushes and trees is worth the expense. Not only do you free up your time that you once spent doing these chores, but you also get the professional touch of a company that does landscaping for a living.
Outdoor lighting makes your landscaping look as fabulous at night as it does during the day. And these days, with solar-powered lighting options, it isn’t hard to install landscape lighting around your garden, along the edges of your walkways, and throughout your yard. You can even get lights that only illuminate when they detect motion, which is more energy efficient than leaving them on all the time.
Landscape lighting also enhances your home’s security, as most criminals like to work in the dark, where they are less likely to be identified. Houses that are well-lit are less likely to be targets for crime, which is an attractive feature for potential buyers.
These three landscaping projects are the best options for increasing your home’s value if you decide to sell. But, they will also make your home more enjoyable for you if you decide to stay.