Feb 11 2018

5 Things You Should Do to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Landscape architect

You’re thinking about selling your home. Maybe not today, but at some point, and you want to add value with landscaping or other changes. Or perhaps you just take pride in your house and want it to look good, for yourself and for others, so you’re looking into hardscapes that could enhance your curb appeal. Whatever the reason, here are five things you should be doing to drastically improve the curb appeal of your home.

  1. Add some color with flowers. Don’t just let your front yard remain a swath of unrelieved green, up to a boring front door. Make it more appealing by planting colorful flowers, and put some flower pots by the front door or up the stairs to make it look inviting and cared for. A good landscaping architect can help you discover the best way to utilize colors to enhance curb appeal.
  2. Think about redoing the boring doors. The ordinary garage door is pretty boring and utilitarian, but there are some amazing designs available. From wood to steel, you can completely transform the look of your home with a modern garage door. The front door is important, too, though it does make a smaller splash than a garage door in terms of curb appeal.
  3. Consider a deck or patio as a focal point. While most of us have thought about backyard decks for grilling and other fun events, a front deck can serve as a way of highlighting the design of your home and create a central place to draw in the eye when the house is seen from the street. Hardscaping services will have a variety to choose from and capable designers who can help you make the choice that’s right for your look.
  4. Invest in lighting that highlights the strong points of your home’s architecture. Lighting can be a great way to emphasize features of the landscaping that you want to notice, create or enhance existing focal points, or highlight the best features of your home’s structural design. This is a relatively simple and cost-effective way to increase curb appeal.
  5. Consider a water feature or other striking front yard fixture. A well-designed fountain, pergola, trellis, or even series of planters can add some serious wow factor to your home. Again, a landscaping architect can give you great advice about what fits the style of your home, appeals to buyers in your area, and matches the zeitgeist of your community.

Almost 90% of real estate agents end up telling homeowners they should do landscaping prior to selling, to increase curb appeal and improve resale value. The return on investment for landscaping improvements is about 215%, and landscaping is one of the top five home improvement recommendations a real estate agent is likely to make. Not only is landscaping key to resale value, it’s also key to making your home a lovely and enjoyable place. If you want to add value to your home or enjoy it more for yourself, see how a landscaper can help you to upgrade your front yard and improve your curb appeal.

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