Increase the Value of Your New Home with Landscaping

by Guest Author on February 25, 2013


Right now, you are probably absolutely in love with your new home. However, there may come a day when you feel it’s time to move on. When you want to sell your home, you’ll want to receive as many top dollar offers as possible.

In the meantime, you’ll want to create an environment you are happy to live in. While you might be tempted to go overboard on your new home’s front yard, move cautiously. An over manicured lawn could actually decrease the value of your home.

As you settle into your new surroundings, be aware of the landscaping projects that will add value to your home. As you undertake a project, make sure it will have value in the long run.

When the time comes, there is a way to increase the value of your home and increasing the saleability in just one weekend. It’s possible with just a few simple landscaping projects. By correcting a few easy-to-fix problems you can drastically improve the curb appeal of your home.

The best part of all this is that it won’t cost you that much money.

Read these tips to see how you can increase the value of your home by as much as 15% over the course of a weekend.

Clutter

Walk to the sidewalk or curb in front of your house. Look through fresh eyes on your front yard. What do you see? If you see clutter, you have your first job lined up for you.

Have you managed to accumulate an assortment of bikes, balls, broken lawn furniture, and garbage bins in a very short amount of time? Do you have items that were never unpacked away after the move? Are there things – like weird lawn ornaments – that just don’t seem to fit the ambiance of your new home?

Clean up the trash cans, put away the bikes and other toys, throw away the broken lawn chairs, and deep six the hideous lawn trolls.

Lawn Care

Next, take a look at your lawn. How does it look? Is it well groomed and green? A great looking yard is key to increasing your curb appeal. Don’t let your grass get too long. When you do cut it, don’t scalp it down to the roots. This might mean you have more time before the next mow job, but it could damage the grass in the long run.

Did the building and move-in process leave brown, dead spots in the lawn? Get some fertilizers and fix bare spots by re-seeding.

Plants

After looking at the lawn and clutter, survey other aspects of curb appeal.

Does your new home have any plants or trees? Was someone kind enough to enhance the landscaping before you moved in? If so, what is the condition of those items? It is possible they weren’t receiving the attention they needed.

Just because someone before you chose to put a plant there doesn’t mean it needs to stay. This is especially true if it is dying or cutting the life from another nearby plant. Also, another person’s vegetation preferences might not be the same as yours.

Take a pair of pruners and trim your bushes and trees. You want to be able to see a little sunlight through these larger items.

Do some homework before you start planting random plants. Check to see how big the plant or tree will get before you buy it. It might look fine when you plant it, but in a couple of years, you might have a tree growing against your new house.

Focal Point

As you take a visual tour of your yard, take note if your eyes are naturally drawn to any one point in your yard. Do you have a focal point? The focal point is the first thing people will notice when they pull up to your house. You do not want your focal point to be a dead bush, or a giant Santa still left out from Christmas.

Instead, pick a beautiful ornamental or flowering tree or bush that will awe and add colour.

Easy!

Simple changes will make all the difference with the curb appeal of your house. You have probably been so attentive to getting everything squared away inside your new home, you haven’t put much thought into what is happening outside. Take some time to make your property and house look appealing; you’ll reap the rewards now and later.

About the Author: Guest author Katie Greiman works for Custom Corntoss, building official cornhole boards. Her job requires her to spend a lot of time outside, testing the company’s products. Since Katie drags the cornhole boards out practically every weekend, she is especially attentive to how her yard looks. Her cornhole opponent often gets the best of her while she is daydreaming about her next landscaping project.

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