If you’re considering landscaping before selling your home, take a little time to make sure what you do comes up smelling of roses. Clearly, now is not the time to embark on a major landscape project. Or at least, not one that’s going to increase the value of your home too much. In other words, make sure your home’s value stays in line with that of the neighbourhood. On the other hand, you’ll want to maximise your property’s kerb appeal to pull in the punters. Also, consider addressing any landscape issues, such as poor drainage, that may rear their ugly head upon survey. So, make no mistake, landscaping before selling your home can make a sizable difference to its value and appeal, but what are the best projects to consider?
1. Build a Deck
What could be better than a beautiful hardwood deck leading straight off your home? A place to enjoy family and friends in the backyard with a few cold ones and a tasty BBQ. Decks provide great value additional living space that’s hard to beat. In fact, hardwood decks are one of the few landscaping projects that almost always show a good return on investment when selling.
2. Lay New Lawn
This is a must if your lawn is suffering from yellowing, bold patches or generally worn out. New turf adds new life and massively improves your home’s kerb appeal.
3. Add An Outdoor Room
Just like a deck, outdoor rooms add value and appeal. If you already have a patio area or deck, consider adding a roof. This is a really excellent value way to increase your home’s square meterage without spending a fortune.
4. Lay Paving
Paving provides a cost-effective way to improve your pathways, drive, patio areas and around the swimming pool.
5. Garden Maintenance
Of all the landscaping before selling tasks to consider, garden maintenance should become a priority. Make sure your plants are trimmed and tidy, lawns are regularly mown and edged, and fencing, driveways and paths are well looked after. Also, make sure your garden drainage is working correctly and think about fixing it now if it isn’t. After all, you want to make sure a potential buyer gets a great first impression and subsequently receives a trouble-free evaluation from his surveyor.