Most people these days think the best way to add value to their property is a new bathroom or a new kitchen. However, one of the quickest ways to increase your potential return on investment is a landscaping makeover. Often overlooked, our garden is one the first things not only a potential buyer will notice, but that we see each and every day. So why not make your next DIY project a landscaping revitalisation? Here are 6 landscaping tips to boost the value of your property.
- End up in front
Each and every day when we walk into our homes one of the first sights that welcomes us, identifies our home and shows the pride we have is the ‘frontage’ or the landscaping of our front gardens. A bright, well designed and landscaped frontage can immediately increase the value of your property, not to mention make those open homes start with the right first impression.
If you need landscaping ideas and inspiration then try looking at landscaping providers for styles or designs you love. Obviously, you don’t need gardens to rival Versailles, but a clean design with native plants and trees is sure to win over even the novice green thumb. Tackle that DIY landscape project in the front and you’ll be amazed at how much you and that potential buyer love it.
- Pave the way
Pavers are an excellent way to add both function and sleek design to your next landscape project. Increasing in their popularity, pavers offer a functional design that is low maintenance, reliable and sure to add value to your property. I personally relished in landscaping my backyard to include pavers out to the BBQ area. It reduced the amount of mowing, which on anything over a 400m2 block is a 2 hour job, and made the look and feel of my space much cleaner.
Potential buyers will see a tidy design feature that means less work and perfect for entertaining. Offered in a wide array of styles, and at cost points to meet any budget, pavers are a great way to change the landscape of your property and add value at the same time.
- Relaxation is the dream
If you have been daydreaming about that holiday to the Maldives, Fiji or some other tropical oasis then dream no more. Instead why not make the tropical oasis come to you. A great way to add value and take a unique approach to landscaping is by adding a home relaxation zone.
Think swinging egg chairs, daybeds and standalone deck areas.
The kids can be left to their own devices playing football on the other side of the yard, while you relax reading your new book laying on your daybed. A private zone for relaxing will not only attract families but any buyer looking to utilise more than just the inside of their home. Offering a space that allows people to retreat and regroup in their backyard will not only give your house an edge, but add to the property value.
- Pooling it all together
Let’s be honest, these days the average homeowner says that pools ‘are more hassle than they’re worth’. Then come summer the same non-believers come knocking on your door, towel in hand. A pool is an investment in both money and time, yes.
However, a potential buyer who is looking for a space that will entertain the kids will see a pool as an added bonus. Not to mention, it limits the physical maintenance of a yard work, gardening or tree trimming. Couple a pool area with an entertaining area featuring a fire or BBQ pit, and you have yourself a landscaping treasure that is sure to add value to your property.
- Featured in the garden
I know a lot of people cringe at the thought of a water feature, but fear not.
The world has come a long way since the matte white Greek statues spewing water spurts from their handheld jugs. In today’s day and age, it is possible to be a little more subtle and art deco with your garden features.
For example, a cascading water feature wall is a unique and stylistic way to add a touch of class or serenity to your property that is sure to raise the value. If feature walls aren’t your thing, then why not try adding a feature into your pool? Not only a conversation starter at your next BBQ, but its noise therapy will relax your guests.
- Awake your inner child
If you live in an area that appeals to young families, consider including child friendly features in your landscaping project. Playgrounds, sand pits and tree swings are forcing their way into a lot of landscaping projects. Not only are these additions a convenient way to occupy the children, but the value they add in areas that have a lot of interest from small families looking to buy is incredible. There are designs to fit any space and you can work toward a budget that ensures you will see return on investment.
The options are endless when it comes to adding value to your property.
Identifying landscape ideas and inspirations that reflect your style will add immediate value, and give potential buyers a feel for the space. Remember to have fun, keep informed on what’s on trend and what is selling homes.