We all know that first impressions are everything. When you are ready to sell your home, the first thing a potential buyer or appraiser will notice is your home’s landscape design. According to Landscape Economist, John Harris, landscaping can make up 28 percent of your home’s value.
The following are four of the best ways a homeowner can improve a home’s landscape and create an outdoor living space that will pay off big when the time comes to sell.
1. Build a Pergola or Gazebo
These beautiful shady structures are a great way to create an outdoor living space for any home. They will instantly become the heart of your landscape design. A potential buyer will see these features as an extension of the home’s living space.
When adding a pergola or gazebo, the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, states that homeowners can see up to an 83 percent return on investment. Whether you plan to sell now or in the future, that makes this project a great investment.
2. Build a Deck or Patio
Decks and Patios, like pergolas and gazebos, are an oudoor expansion of a home’s living space. Whereas a pergola or gazebo will offer shade, a deck or patio is attached directly to the home and is easily accessible to your home’s existing structure. A deck or patio will make a great place for an outdoor seating area or can be combined with a pergola for best results.
3. Add a Fire Pit
There is something about a fire pit that beckons you to gather around it and roast marshmallows on a summer evening. These additions are some of the most popular with homeowners today.
The good news is that they come in a wide range of prices and styles. You can add a pre-built gas model or have a landscaping architect design and build a custom fire pit to your specifications. The possiblities are endless. Additional resources can be found at Royal Decks.
4. Add Color
Brown and green are pretty, but they don’t always make an impression with home buyers. Add perennial flowers to your landscape for a greater impact. These plants are low maintenance and fill the landscape with color in every season and will continue to do so for many years to come.
A pop of color in your flower beds will draw the eye and instantly make your home seem more warm and inviting. These four landscaping ideas are sure ways to ensure your home sells quickly and that you receive greater offers than other similar homes. They will catch the eye of potential buyers and breathe life into any drab landscape. Who knows? You may enjoy the changes so much that you may decide not to move after all.