Landscaping is right up there with kitchens and bathrooms when it comes good investments for future home resale. When we bought our present home, the realtor description stated – $250,000 worth of improvements. That is lot of money. It is one of reasons I went to look at the house in the first place since the photos did not look appealing and in fact did it no justice at all.
A good portion of that money had been spent on landscaping – beautiful big pots around the pool incorporated into a watering system, raised beds, retaining wall at the rear, stunning huge palms. I loved the outside before I even entered the house. Whether you are looking to sell your home or just want a lovely yard, these tips will help make the front of you home the best feature.
1. A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
Take a good look at the exterior of your home. Repair any damage and paint the outside. A fresh coat of paint works wonders.
2. REDO THE DRIVEWAY
Cracks in the concrete make a home look neglected. Redoing the driveway or upgrading the pathway to your front door can make even an old home look renewed.
3. TRIM THE TREES
Lush greenery is great but overgrown trees can make a home feel dark and dingy. Cut back branches that overhang the roof. Don’t alert a potential buyer to the yard work that needs doing! Cutting back the trees will increase light and give your home a more cared for, manicured look.
4. NEW HOUSE NUMBERS
Replace or repaint house numbers so they are clear and easy to read.New knobs and mailslots will upgrade your front door.
5. POWER WASH IT CLEAN
I find power washing deeply satisfying. I love watching that green winter slime just disappear. Get rid of cobwebs and winter sludge with a good wash.
6. BORDER PLANTING
Keep borders tidy and simple. Grouping plants together will create a more unified look. Use plants to cover any ugly or practical features that can be an eyesore.
7. ADD COLOR
Your home should look inviting. Color breathes life and energy into an environment. Some more contemporary homes may look benefit from a more monochrome palette but an abundance of brightly colored annuals is hard to resist.
8. ADD XERISCAPING
Architectural plants go particularly well with contemporary homes. Contrast the strong shapes with white gravel for a fresh look that needs little water and is easy to maintain.
9. LIGHT IT UP
Train lights on trees or water features, add spots to pots, light up the edge of your pathway and install recessed lighting on steps. Nothing says welcome like great lighting.
10. ADD SOME PORCH PIZZAZZ
Make your porch into an area that is inviting to hang out on. Depending on the size this may mean adding topiary, hanging baskets or Adirondack chairs.