Curb Appeal: How to Enhance Your Home’s Value With Landscaping

The yard of your (or someone else’s) dreams is easier to get than you might think.

First impressions are everything—in real estate, an attractive exterior can make or break a home sale. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home listing they like online. And the first thing they’ll see is the home’s exterior—the front entry, the yard and the landscaping. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Remodeling Impact Report, good landscaping can add up to 28 percent to overall home value.

So how can a homeowner woo buyers from the curb? Start by stepping up your gardening and landscaping game. Here are a few landscape design basics that can help you catch the attention of hungry home hunters.

1. Add Color and Texture

Often classified as “soft-scaping,” adding plants in a designed, intentional way can make your yard looking interesting year-round. This is an easy way to enhance landscaping that’s already in decent shape. Start by adding more trees, shrubs or perennials, and accent them with natural edging or bold boulders.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Remodeling Impact Report, this project can cost up to $7,000. But it’s money well-spent—you’ll recoup every cent in home value.

2. Add a Deck or Patio to Your Home (If You Don’t Already Have One)

What good is beautiful landscaping if you can only enjoy the great outdoors from the indoors? Consider adding on a deck or patio to your front yard, which could cost as much as $6,400. The fee may sound a little hefty, but the ability to finally enjoy evening cookouts and Sunday brunches al fresco is priceless for potential home buyers.

3. Show Your Lawn a Little TLC

This is the easiest project of them all—and it yields the biggest return on investment. To have the greenest, lushest lawn on the block consider implementing a regular maintenance routine. This starts with fertilizing, aerating, weeding and raking every inch of your yard. It’s the cheapest project to do with an annual cost of only $330. The end result? A barefoot-friendly lawn that will leave your neighbors envious.

4. Replace Or Update Outdoor Designs

You revamp your wardrobe and ramp up your interior design every few years—why not do the same for your yard? Give your outdoor space a makeover by introducing a few new design basics. Elements like quality mulch, flowering shrubs, deciduous trees and stone planters can introduce a value-boosting foundation to build upon.