There’s a lot of work required in keeping your home looking its best whether you plan to sell your home in the near future or you just want to protect the value of your home for the long run. Along with the steps you take to protect the bones of the home and keep the inside looking its best, you should also make the landscaping a priority. In fact, there are several ways you can use landscaping to improve the value of your home.
One: Put in a Sprinkler System
Automated sprinkler systems can be set on timers, so you don’t have to worry about keeping the lawn or gardens watered. When you hire a landscaping company to install the irrigation system, each sprinkler can be set to meet the specific hydration needs of each plant, shrub, and tree. An effective watering system should also reduce your water bill and help you maintain responsible watering habits.
Two: Focus on Cleanup Yard Care
Is there a tree branch that brushes up against the home every time the wind blows? The scraping may be annoying, but it could also be leading to damage to your home. At any point where shrubbery is next to the home, you may be exposing the siding or foundation to pests.
Insects and rodents often find ways to get into the structure of your home because of those dark, hidden spaces. Where branches lean up against the home, termites find entrance into the frame of the home and can do a lot of damage before you recognize it. A little bit of regular trimming and cleaning up can protect your home from serious damage, protecting its value along the way.
Three: Establish Walkways and Paths
Installing stone walkways or running a path around the side of your house are great ways to curb appeal to the yard and increase the value of your home. You may find a Utah landscaping company or a local business in your area that is willing to install flagstone or landscape pavers. While you’re making improvements this way, you may also want to consider upgrading your patio or installing a fire pit.
Four: Create an Inviting Home Entrance
This will have more of an effect on curb appeal than on the actual value of the home, so bear in mind the advantages of selling your home quickly. It doesn’t take much a financial investment to improve the appearance of the yard. Keep the trees and shrubs trimmed, add flowers to empty garden space, and lay down mulch in your garden beds. Keep the lawn watered and fertilized for a vibrant, inviting front yard.
Five: Install Outdoor Lighting
Not only do lights increase the convenience of approaching your home, but they also act as a discouragement to intruders. Exterior lights set on a timer give the appearance that you are still at home. An automated lighting system and/or solar lights can help keep costs down. Lighted paths add an element of comfort and welcome to your home that you’ll appreciate whenever you’re outside at night.
After you finish improving the front of your home, you may want to take a look at the backyard as well. Improving your landscape is a good way to bring the property value up and is an important step in ensuring your own enjoyment of the home. What small steps could you start with to boost the curb appeal of your yard?