Some of you will be starting a new life here in Bowmanville, so this may be your last summer in your current home. We thought it might be beneficial to continue to share some tips that can help you add value to your property, which will inevitably be for sale. This week, we’ll look at landscaping. Landscaping is the first thing that potential buyers see, and can – unfortunately – say a lot about not only your personal home maintenance regime, but also the quality of your neighbourhood in general. Some studies suggest that landscaping can add 7% - 10% value onto your home, depending on the design, condition and placement.
When it comes to landscaping, there are some essentials that you’ll want to consider: trees, plants and outdoor lighting. Trees, once mature, offer a number of benefits. They can provide shade for your home and lawn, as well as a barrier against cold winter winds. This can add some annual cooling/heating savings. Also, from a homebuyer’s perspective, trees have a calming effect and make any home/neighbourhood feel more established. Plants give curb appeal – and are the wow factor that will greet visitors as they walk up to your doorway. A great strategy is to use native plants, which usually thrive with minimal upkeep (saving you time and money). Lastly, outdoor lighting is a fabulous accent to your landscaping. It can discourage intruders, prevent falling and add to the overall aesthetic of your house.
There are plenty of other choices/options to consider, such as paved seating areas, enhanced walkways and fencing. All have the potential to add appeal your property. If you’re not comfortable tackling the job yourself, you can easily consult a local professional to help you plan a landscaping solution that’s right for your house – and your budget.