Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only what’s on the inside that counts—at least not when it comes to your home. Curb appeal is a phrase used to describe the impression your house makes from the street and when it comes time to sell, a favorable curb appeal can help entice prospective buyers to want to see more, drawing them towards the interior of your home and increasing your chances of a sale. One of the best ways to improve the look and feel of your property is with professional landscaping, but the question is: will it increase the value of your home?
Dollars and Cents
There are too many variables to precisely predict the return on your professional landscaping investment, but the range of increase in perceived value due to professional landscaping across the country ranges between five and fifteen percent. In addition to an increase in asking price, homeowners may also benefit from a reduction in the time their home sits on the market, giving them a clear advantage over the competition.
How to Maximize Your Landscaping Investment
While the benefits of professional landscaping are clear, it can be difficult to know exactly where to spend your money. Start by adding a few elements from each of the following categories, increasing in volume as your space, budget, and design allow.
Before planting begins, it’s important that you have a clear vision of the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Zone your yard appropriately to place plants where they will flourish. Choose shrubs, foliage plants, and flowers based on the following criteria:
- Will look good for more than one season
- Won’t outgrow their location for several years
- Won’t block walkways or windows
- Are indigenous to Kansas, making them easy to maintain
When planted in the right location and in the right quantity, trees provide a number of benefits, including:
- Providing shade and energy savings during cooling season.
- Helping reduce carbon dioxide for a greener environment.
- Potentially helping with drainage and water runoff.
Hardscaping elements are non-living and provide an aesthetic contrast with vegetation. A good hardscape will capture both the look that you want while providing the functionality that you need. Hardscaping options include:
- Permanent or rustic walkways leading to and around your home
- A structured patio to extend your living space to the outdoors
- Retaining walls for erosion control
- A pergola or arbor
Increase curb appeal with visual elements that enhance the natural beauty of your landscaping such as:
- Outdoor lighting for added security and safety
- Water or fire features
- A stone wall or decorative fencing
- Garden art
- Outdoor furniture
- Decorative planters with seasonal plantings
Increase Your Home’s Value with Professional Landscaping Services from Topeka Landscape
Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future or further down the road, professional landscaping services by Topeka Landscape can add value and increase curb appeal, leading to a potentially higher selling price and faster sale. With a team that has years of experience serving residents throughout Topeka, Kansas and the surrounding area, you can trust us to beautify your home to create a landscape both you and potential buyers will love.
Contact us online or call 785-232-8873 to get started today!