Landscaping is a great way to increase the value of your home and property. Unlike interior improvements that go out of style in just a few years, landscaping adds value instantly and for years to come. Landscaping isn’t only about plants, though. Buyers look for sophisticated design first, and plants second. To some who lack a green thumb, plants can even be seen as a burden. Installing certain features and luxuries outside your home will beautify your lawn and make your outdoor space more enjoyable. Find out which outdoor fixtures are the most valuable and practical for today’s homeowners in the guide below.
In the right area, specialty inlays and brick pavers can be a beautiful and valuable addition to a property. The key to making this feature work for you is by looking around at other homes in the neighborhood. If there’s a mix of paved and brick driveways or if most driveways are composed of brick pavers, yours should be, too. In fact, installing a driveway made of concrete or asphalt in such a neighborhood would be frowned upon. However, if most of the driveways in your neighborhood are concrete, a drive composed entirely of brick pavers would seem out of place. In this case, you can still make your driveway pop by having a professional landscaping firm install brick pavers along the sides of the concrete drive.
According to the National Association of Realtors, for the past 10 years, patios have been ranked as one of the top 10 features buyers look for in a home. A patio is certainly a worthwhile investment. You can enjoy it yourself when you, your family and your friends dine out on the patio, and when it comes time to sell, you’ll enjoy the extra money this valuable asset brings in. A patio is considered as extra living space, and it’s easy to manage. Of course, a patio is just a patio unless you do it right. Adding furniture to create an outdoor seating area is a must. Buyers also like having the option to take the cooking out of the kitchen. Outdoor BBQs and kitchens are great additions to any patio. Nothing is better than firing up the grill to cook burgers and enjoy some time with the family. You can continue the outdoor fun even in chilly weather with one or two fire pits in strategic locations.
Homeowners and buyers looking for an outdoor space that provides a connectedness to nature will appreciate a pond, fountain and other water features on the property. Although the market for those who want ponds may be narrower than those who want patios, buyers are willing to pay a premium price for those hard-to-find features.
Whether you want to increase your property value or add these features for your own enjoyment, VistaPro Landscape and Design can help. You’ll receive a complimentary site evaluation to discuss your vision for the property and determine which features are right for you.