How Much Value Does Landscaping Add To Your Home When Selling?
As a homeowner you are probably always looking for ways to make your house more comfortable and practical. This can be a difficult balance to achieve.
You also need to consider the affect your changes will have to the value of your home. If you are thinking of selling or remortgaging then you need the value to be going upwards.
But even if you’re not selling; it’s nice for a change you make to add value, not take it away. After all; your home is likely to be your biggest investment.
Landscaping is actually a good way to add value to your home and make it more enjoyable to live there. However, it can be difficult to establish exactly how much it will increase in value; there are many factors which need to be taken into consideration.
The best way to really know how much value you have added is to speak to a Geosurv property surveyor before you make the changes. They can then value your home before and after; allowing you to know exactly how much value you’ve added.
They can even make some helpful suggestions!
Average Value Increases
The following should give you an idea of how much your house value can increase in specific circumstances Of course, these are just a guide. Your location, current set-up and several other factors will affect the final figure.
Tidy The Basics
Go round your yard and inspect it. Replace broken or cracked flagstones, add in a few good quality planters and make sure there are flowering shrubs at the sides of the front door.
A good deciduous tree in your front yard and a well kept lawn will create the perfect front entrance and is likely to add as much as $5,000 to your home.
Landscape your garden by planting established shrubs, borders, perennials and even a few medium sized trees. The exact quantity will depend on the size of your yard.
The aim is to make the garden interesting. Everywhere you look there will be something worth looking at or something with potential.
This should add in the region of $7,000 to your property; just be sure to leave enough space for the children to play and ensure there won’t be excessive levels of maintenance.
The Seating Area
This is an essential for any home. If you don’t have one or yours is looking tired then it’s time to build a patio or add some decking.
This should be attached to the house to allow easy access and maximum enjoyment. It should also offer an excellent view of the rest of your yard; ideally between the shrubs to take in as much as possible.
A good quality wood decking with seating will make your home more attractive and can add as much as $10,000 to the price!
Sort Your Lawn
Plants and features are great but the key to any landscape project is to embrace your grass.
You need to take good care of it and ensure it is watered and well fed. This means watering, weeding, fertilizing and raking.
It may only add approximately $1,000 to the value of your home but it will do wonders for your curb appeal.
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