by Rachel Fung
on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at 11:21am.
An attractive landscape will increase your own personal enjoyment of your home. It will boost curb appeal, create a functional and enjoyable outdoor living space and add resale value to your home. If you are planning on selling your property, an attractive front and back yard will help set your home apart from others on the market and make for a quicker sale. Here are some landscape projects that have a good return on investment:
Plant a few trees.
Believe it or not, but having a mature tree in your yard can actually increase your property value from $1,100 to $10,000 according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. You can’t exactly plant a mature tree, but if the idea of selling your home in the future has crossed your mind, purchasing an inexpensive sapling and planting it now is like putting money into an investment and waiting for it to grow. If you want to sell sooner, spend more money and buy a bigger tree to plant.
A big tree that produces a lot of shade can reduce your home’s air conditioning use in the summer. In the winter, that same tree can block the wind and weather and help reduce your heating costs. This improved energy efficiency will help you save money, creating even more ROI. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen rich, fresh air. Trees can also create privacy for your yard. All these reasons, and more, are why trees have such a good investment.
Create an outdoor living space.
Expert Landscapers in Edmonton can help you create an outdoor living space in your backyard that will increase property value. Consider installing a stone patio surrounded by some nice planters to create a space for socializing, dining and relaxing. You can also create a welcoming fit pit area, a job that can be easily done by a do-it-yourselfer with a few trips to the building supply store. A functional and attractive outdoor living space is appealing to buyers and in the meantime, you’ll enjoy having it yourself.
Invest in lawn and yard maintenance.
Whether you invest the time and commit to a regular lawn and yard care schedule or hire a lawncare company to do it for you, keeping on top of your yard will help you maintain good curb appeal. It’s probably the easiest and most cost-effective way to make your home visually appealing to buyers. No one likes a dead lawn, weedy flower bed and messy yard.
Keeping your yard weed-free will stop any weeds from going to seed and totally taking over your yard. You should also water and mow your lawn, fertilizing it about once a month in the spring, summer and fall months. Make sure that all leaves and debris are cleared and that your shrubs are not running wild. If you have any dead trees or plants, have them removed. If your lawn is totally hopeless, consider replacing it with fresh sod.