5 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value Through Landscaping
Your yard may be your own personal oasis, but that’s not the only reason you should invest in it. Studies show that improving your landscaping can boost your property’s value by up to 20 per cent!
I can attest that trees, plants, and other ornamental features have a major positive impact on buyers. I’ve seen it as a real estate agent, and as a gardening and landscaping professional.
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about curb appeal—and what makes outdoor spaces stand out. I’d like to pass that information on to you. But first, a bit of background on the planting and design business my family runs.
All About Pots & Pansies
My mom, Karen Willer, started a company called Pots & Pansies over 17 years ago. She began by creating beautiful, seasonal planters to complement all kinds of homes. Before she knew it, she was putting together a couple hundred of these pots every season.
Today, I run the business along with my sister Kayley and brother Kevin. We’ve expanded our offerings from gorgeous planters (which are still a major focus of what we do) to include larger-scale outdoor design and landscaping elements.
Based on my time with Pots & Pansies, I’ve picked up plenty of landscaping tips. Here are five that you can use to help boost the value of your home…
1) Get some perspective
One of the best things you can do before you start landscaping is view your property like a buyer would. That means stepping back to look at it from the street.
Seeing your property from this perspective will allow you to make key improvements—whether that means planting some decorative shrubs or touching up your house’s trim. Even more importantly, it will help you find the focal point of your home. Where is your eye drawn? The answer to this question can help form the basis of your overall design.
2) Accentuate the focal point
For many homes, it’s the front door. For others, it could be a big, beautiful set of bay windows. Whatever it is, accentuating your focal point can add visual interest and aesthetic appeal to your property.
One of the best ways to highlight a key area is through landscaping. Planters, hedges, and other decorative elements can be used to call attention to some parts of your home—and away from others. A talented landscape architect will use principles like balance and contrast to help set the scene.
3) Mix annuals and perennials
There’s nothing quite like a home exterior that’s always in bloom. Planting the right mix of annuals and perennials can boost the enjoyment that you get from your property, and impress buyers when you put it on the market. Just make sure that plants placed close together have compatible needs!
Remember that perennials come back year after year, so you may want to pay extra attention to which ones you choose. Hydrangeas, daffodils, and tulips are all popular floral options. No matter which perennials you plant—from flowers to ornamental shrubs to herbs like mint—keep their future appearance in mind. Which brings me to my next point…
4) Think ahead
Not planning to sell in the next few years? The truth is, some plants—especially those that aren’t well-suited to our climate—may not look so great in the near future. On the flip side, others can take time to reach the pinnacle of their beauty. Consider this: mature trees can increase a home’s value by almost 20 per cent.
Of course, there’s no way to age an oak or maple on your property by a hundred years. What you can do is think strategically about the trees, shrubs, and perennials you put in, and what they’ll look like when you do decide to sell. The aesthetic decisions you make today can impact the dollar value of your home tomorrow!
5) Don’t discount quick fixes
If you’re selling your home in the near future, you might think it’s too late to improve its exterior. In fact, you’d be surprised by how much can be done in a short period of time. Whether you’re looking to boost your lawn’s health, beautify your entryway with potted plants, or redo your porch, the process can be expedited to meet your timeline.
At Pots & Pansies, we work with talented landscape architects, arborists, contractors, and other landscaping professionals. It allows us to go the extra mile to bring out the very best in the homes we enhance.
If you’re interested in learning about landscaping improvements that will work for your property, we can offer a free consultation! Whether you’re looking for advice, a referral, or some hands-on help, we’d be happy to come by and chat.
Ready to put your home on the market? Get in touch to learn how we can help ensure your sale is a success!