5 Landscaping Design Tips to Add Value to Your Home

If you’ve been trying to sell your home in the Raleigh area or are preparing to, one thing is for sure: it’s a seller’s market right now. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take effort to find a buyer for your home, and not only find a buyer, but get the most possible profit out of your property. Though sellers may have the upper hand for right now, you still need a bit of an edge to make the most of your sale. A quick, cost-effective way to increase your property value fairly easily is with the right landscaping design. Landscaping makes a home feel more pulled together and cared for. It’s a way to express the homeowner’s personality and make an impact on guests and passersby, for better or for worse. The right kind of landscaping extends your home’s living space, offering a beautiful, relaxing place for you, your family, and your guests to spend time together outdoors.

Landscaping not only offers beauty, though. It’s also functional. Done correctly, it can add shade to your yard, enhance privacy, offer wind protection, and add space for entertaining. There are many choices to make when it comes to landscape design, so we at Standard Construction are here to help those in and around the Raleigh area make smart decisions to help increase their property value and make the most of their home’s appearance.

Consider This Before Landscaping Your Yard

While the choices are many, the right approaches are few when it comes to landscape designs. You don’t want your landscaping to be too personal, deterring people from your home in general. You also don’t want to under or overdo it. Your landscaping should be proportional for your home and yard’s size, scape, and dimensions. A professional landscaper can help you come up with a plan to suit your space and do the job relatively quickly. It’s a simple way to get your home noticed if you’re about to sell or just want to add value for down the road. Consider these tips first to make sure you’re adding ambiance and not an eyesore.

  1.  Have a strategy. Research your options before getting too far in. You don’t want to pick plants or trees that require a lot of maintenance, don’t thrive well in your area, attract insects and wildlife, etc. You want a little diversity, but not so much that your landscaping feels like a jumble of plantings that don’t “go” together.
  2. Match your home and neighborhood. While you don’t need to fall in line with your neighborhood to the last detail, you don’t want your home to stick out like a sore thumb either. Your landscaping should, however, match your home well. If you have a classic, traditional home, then surrounding it with wild, exotic plants will look strange, even if someone can’t put their finger on why.
  3. Keep in mind the season. If you’re selling your home, consider that some plants have a short life span. If you’re nearing fall or winter, many plants will lose their colorful blooms and appear drab. Choose perennial plants that will come back every year, and mix evergreen plants in with flowers to ensure you always have some life.
  4. Edge your grass. A neatly edged lawn just looks pulled together. Plain and simple. It looks professional, well-cared for, and even regal when done correctly. It communicates that the homeowner has cared for the property, which has a positive affect on interested buyers.
  5. Plant trees. Studies show that streets and yards with trees are favored by buyers, and even a couple of trees can make a big difference. Trees provide shade and make people feel more surrounded by nature. They also envelope homes in a soothing way and provide privacy from neighbors.

For more tips and landscape design suggestions, contact the expert team at Standard Construction today!