5 ways to change your landscape to increase your home value

Published on December 1st, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
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The type of landscape that you have will have an effect on how you and other people value your home. There are ways that you can give your yard some TLC that will turn it into the spot to be, rather than the spot to flee from. These five tips will help you increase the value of your home.

1. There’s no need to dig up the whole backyard

You might be wondering why should you bother with the external when the people who could possibly buy your house one day will be spending most of their time indoors. It’s all about the curb appeal.

If your yard looks like its infested or the greenery has had enough in terms of being ill-treated that it decided to pack its bags and leave, you won’t even get people to step into your house that you spent hours preparing for their viewing.

According to research, good landscaping can add 28% to the overall value of your home. It’s a gradual investment that you can start today to increase your home’s value over time.

2. Work with what you have

Before you go Rambo mode in your backyard with tools look at what already exists in it. If there’s a tree that offers some beautiful shade for the house by keeping certain rooms cool during the day but needs a little pruning, then keep it.

List the things that you found and would love to keep, then plan from there as to how you would like to incorporate these into your new landscape. The aim is to keep it simple and not build a whole rainforest in your backyard. Remember that you will have to maintain whatever you are planning to plant. Add a pop of colour here and there to bring it to life.

3. Keep the natural elements in mind

When looking towards renovating your house experts suggest that you should put 30% of your budget aside to invest in your landscaping. The success of your landscaping and how much effort will be needed by you will be determined by the type of region you live in. The obvious thing not to do is plant greenery that needs plenty of water when you stay in an area that hardly receives any rain. Keep it indigenous, and invest in plants that will be able to handle the weather conditions in which you live in.

4. Look for plants that require low maintenance

There’s no need to beat yourself up if you managed to kill every pot plant that you ever owned. Life happens. If you are constantly on the go and tend to forget that your leafy friends outside need to be watered with your love, then you can invest in plants that are low maintenance. Setting a reminder can be helpful as to when you will need to water and prune them. It is also advisable that you turn it into a spot that you would usually like to relax in by adding a shade sail that you can put up yourself or have installed for $500.

5. How to finance your green project

After spotting some gorgeous Pinterest perfect gardens that you would like to try out, you would need the cash to turn your ideas into reality. You can finance all your renovation ideas through a home loan that is suited for your budget. There are plenty of home loans on offer online that you can compare for best interest rates and features. Due to the high rise of online scams, it’s advisable that you check if the lender you wish to sign up with is a registered provider in the state in which they are operating in. Once that is covered its game on.

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