The real estate market has seen rapid growth in both home sales and demand in 2020. As the market has evolved, many homeowners are looking to add curb appeal to their home. Curb appeal is one of the most important aspects in determining the value of a house.
If you are planning to sell your home and want to do all you can to help it sell, then now is the time to think about curb appeal. Having a beautiful yard helps. But you will want your home to stand out. Now is a great time to take your landscape in a new direction. By working with experienced landscape designers, your landscape can be designed to boost curb appeal.
There are ways to design your landscape to boost curb appeal. Why is boosting the curb appeal of your home important? According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of home buyers will visit a home based on the online listing image. This makes how your home looks even more important. The yard, sidewalk, and driveway play an important role in the buying process. By designing these elements to increase the street view, it will encourage potential buyers. So, what type of curb appeal factors should you consider before putting your house on the market?
Adding Curb Appeal to Your Yard
Utilize the Right Colors
Spruce up your yard with colorful flowers, window boxes, and front yard flower beds. Just a few inches of rich mulch and healthy flowers will brighten up a space. However, when planting close to your home’s exterior, keep the home’s exterior color in mind. For example, a home with blue siding is best showcased with purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers. Meanwhile, a home with red trim will look great with flowers that are orange, yellow, or red. Be sure to think about what season your home will be on the market, and plant flowers that will be in bloom at that time.
For classic curb appeal, consider adding a picket fence or low wall. Pair with some roses, vining plants, ornamental trees, or shrubbery for a classic landscape. Borders give a clean and polished look to the landscape. Additionally, borders can create more privacy and create a nice living space for the dog or kids to play in.
Add or Maintain Walkways
Walkways are an important part of curb appeal. Not only do they look great, but they serve a functional purpose. Having an appealing walkway to the home is very important. Choose a simple yet attractive hardscape element such as pavers for your walkway. After all, no one wants to think about cleaning up dirt that has been tracked into the house!
Consider A Water Feature
From fountains, waterfalls, or a peaceful koi pond, there are many ways to add a water element to your landscape. These elements can be an eye-catching element that separates your home from others. Sprucing up a water feature or pond isn’t complicated. Consider some decorative rocks around the pond to make it the perfect backyard retreat. Make sure to properly maintain all water features as well.
Make Sure Your Grass Looks Great
No matter how beautiful your plants, trees, or home may be, it is vital that your lawn looks great. Be sure that your lawn is a healthy, though manageable, height. Proper grass maintenance is one of the best ways to boost curb appeal for your home. A healthy, green lawn stands out and is generally one of the first things buyers notice. If you are concerned about your lawn, have our grass experts take a look!
Pay Attention to Shapes and Structures
Think about the shape and style of your home as it compares to your property. Then design a landscape that complements it. Great ways to add interest are garden swings, fire pits, patios, arbors, and pergolas. Outdoor structures are attractive living spaces that buyers will be looking for.
Don’t Forget Drainage!
Nobody wants to buy a home with flooding issues. Without proper drainage, your yard can experience erosion and damage. Even worse, water can flood your home. Many times, water damage is obvious. It can damage the lawn or can leave visible signs of erosion. For many buyers, this is one of the first things they look at. By paying attention to the importance of proper drainage, you can make your home even more attractive.
By paying attention to these components of landscape design, you can add value to your home. If you want to learn more about how to add curb appeal to your home, contact our experts today. Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces has been designing beautiful landscapes around Atlanta since 2001.