Planning to turn that ugly patch in the backyard of your Burbank home to something more beautiful to behold? Or are you thinking of selling your house and wanting to increase its value with landscaping? You’re on the right track. Landscaping does help increase the value of a property because after all, first impressions are important, right?
Landscaping a place that you mean to put up for sale is a great idea because the returns are pretty decent. You not only get back the money you spent on it when you sell the place but also actually increase the chances of it being sold faster. No one wants to spend their hard-earned money on a house that looks dreary from the outside. And this is exactly why landlords should consider landscaping before they put their houses up for rent or sale. But in case the idea is too new and you don’t know how to begin, here are a few tips that might help you out
You know your yard doesn’t look too good anymore. It is overgrown with weed and wild, unflattering shrubbery. The stones on the once fine walls are chipping off. Once in a blue moon, you like to redecorate the house itself, but why not think a step ahead? Even your yard can add to the beauty of your property and increase its value if you actually plan it well. Give the yard a makeover by designing a driveway or a walkway wind through it. Plant a few flower bushes on either side of the driveway while you are at it. Maybe planting a large tree that offers a cool shadow over the yard would be a good idea too. The cost of this makeover would be around $5000 but you can easily get that back when you actually sell the house at a profit.
Those trees dying out there? It is time to get rid of them. Realtors have found that landlords who plant trees before selling their house get their money back from the buyer more quickly. You can hire a professional landscaping company to take out the old, unhealthy trees and plant new pruned ones. Once you are done, you will realize that your house looks a lot better, homelier even. If you are feeling particularly creative, paint a few logs and set them up here and there in the form of tiny colorful fences. Add a swing to one of the trees and voila! The home will sell itself. The overall cost for planting, pruning, trimming and fertilizing the trees should not be more than $2000.
Build a Deck
If the house does not come with a deck, you might want to consider building one. Decks are very much in demand, especially for people with small families who often have relatives come over for barbecues and brunches. Building one would cost around $10,000, all of which you will make up for when you sell the house at a much higher rate than its previously estimated value. You can use the deck as a pitch too.
Sometimes, it’s just as simple as mowing your lawn. This is a cheap way to make the place look fresher and more homely. Nothing attracts the eye of buyers than soft, lush grass that tickle your feet and soothe you down to your soul. And all this will barely cost about $375. You just need to fertilize, aerate, weed and rake.
Apart from all the options on the list, you may also add things like patios, hardscaping, and decorative items. Zen fountains, swings and colorful fences can also change the look of any place. Just be a little creative with your designs and soon you will have people lining up to buy your place at prices much higher than previously estimated.