Despite everything we say about the importance of curb appeal, many homeowners still don’t give enough credit to their landscaping for the role it plays. By some estimates, an attractive, well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10% to the resale value of your home.
If that’s true, and considering average home prices in Oakville, Halton or anywhere in the GTHA, the following tips might give you a 6-digit return on the investment in your landscape.
1. Keep Everything Trim and Tidy
You don’t necessarily need a professional landscaper. Regardless of the elements in your landscape, just keeping them well-pruned, edged, trim and healthy will present whatever you have in its best light and improve the overall look of your home.
2. Add Colourful Mulch
Mulch is a great idea for your gardens at any time. But, considering the variety of colours you can choose from, and their popularity, adding some wood chip or other types of mulch is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to make your landscaping more appealing.
3. Try Some Containers
Another popular trend in landscaping is the use of plant containers. And they can also be relatively fast and inexpensive. You can create your own or choose pre-planted containers. You can use containers to add colour and/or to highlight areas of your landscaping that could use a focal point. One place where containers may be particularly helpful is beside your front entrance way. Potential buyers will inevitably go through the front door, so it’s important that it makes the best impression possible.
4. Give It Even More Colour
If it’s late in the season, or your gardens have some open spots, adding some annual flowers and/or bright shrubs can give your landscape an appealing splash of colour.
5. Make Sure Your Waterworks Are in Order
Modern residential landscapes can have water features and irrigation systems. Make sure they are all in working order and clean. They are the sorts of touches that buyers may not have considered before buying, but that can help make your home more appealing. And also make sure your outdoor faucets aren’t leaking.