Whenever I speak with potential clients about re-designing their property, the one phase I always hear is “curb appeal”. Hmmmm, curb appeal – what is that? It’s funny you ask! Curb appeal is the driving factor that attracts people to your home. Potential buyers (if you’re selling) aren’t seeing the newly renovated bathroom when they first pull up, they’re looking at the beautiful paver patio where they’ll grill with their family, in the middle of the summer. Now, I’m not saying people don’t like an updated bathroom, but the exterior is a factor people over look. Bill Hanrahan, Keller Williams Reality, explains it best “First impressions are important. When a buyer walks up to a house and the outside landscaping and lawn are a mess they have already formed their opinion of the house. The exterior is important to the selling of a home. Curb appeal is a very important component in the marketing of a house and the money spent will translate into a quicker sale.”
Did you know studies show that your property value can increase anywhere from 5-13% with professional landscaping? The 5-13% increase in property value translates into an extra $25,000 to $65,000 in value on a $500,000 home. Landscaping is one of the few improvements you can make that not only adds value right away, but also increases as time goes on (and plants mature).
Patios and Walkways – replace your old, weathered and cracked concrete patio with a new permeable paver patio. Take this time to elevate the shape and size of the current patio. Are you able to comfortably sit with a table and chairs, while still entertaining? Replace your insufficiently sized walkway with a wider, more direct avenue to your front door. A landing or stoop will draw the eye to your front door, and make the house more attractive.
Outdoor Living Spaces -- Why sit inside the house in the spring, when you could hang out near an outdoor fireplace or firepit. Bring your family together in a space with paver sitting walls and an outdoor kitchen. Expand the area you entertain in with a large sitting area covered by a beautiful pergola with climbing clematis.
Trees and Softscaping – When choosing plants, you want to pick material with 3-4 seasons of value. This value could be flowers, fall color, year around foliage, or winter interest. You want to consider mature height, light conditions, soil and maintenance needs. Consulting with a Landscape Designer is important to ensure all your selections are proper for the space and location (zone). Planting trees reduce stress and reduce energy costs.
For more ideas on how to increase your property value, give us a call. Talk to you next week!