Your landscaping can either increase curb appeal – or detract from it. Since it’s the first thing potential buyers notice about your house, you need to strategically choose which elements to feature. Because you’re hoping to appeal to a broad range of people, you want to add appeal, not individuality.
Excellent landscaping can increase your home value – sometimes quite a bit, depending how extensive the landscaping is. And even a few small tweaks can make a big difference.
Here are three must-haves for landscaping to increase curb appeal:
1. Increase curb appeal with trees
When well-kept, trees look beautiful. Not only that, but they add a tangible increase to your property value. And the National Tree Benefit Calculator can tell you how much the trees in your yard are worth each year.
In the calculator, you can find out how much each tree affects:
It should go without saying that, to add value, trees need to be healthy, full-grown but not ancient, area natives, and fit in with the flora throughout your neighborhood. If your land is a forest and the neighborhood is more prairie-like, your trees won’t be worth as much at sale.
2. Increase curb appeal with native plants
It’s fun to choose new plants! Just remember one thing: stick with native foliage. They’ll thrive without extra attention or work. On the other hand, anything out of its prime habitat will suffer and take more work (read: money) to cultivate.
In addition to increasing curb appeal and adding value to your home, native plants give indigenous wildlife a habitat. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation gives a special appellation to homeowners who foster natural habitats for birds, butterflies, and animals that need nesting or feeding places.
3. Increase curb appeal with outdoor lighting
90% of home buyers call outdoor lighting either “essential” or “desirable,” according to the National Association of Home Builders’ annual “What Home Buyers Really Want” survey.
That’s reason enough to consider it your first step to increase curb appeal – especially during the darker months of the year. But it’s not the only reason.
Whenever you plan to sell your home in Chattanooga, you’ll do well to prepare. Increase curb appeal by caring for your mature trees, cultivating native plants in your landscaping, and adding warm, tasteful outdoor lighting.
And, of course, you want a realtor who knows the market. Turn to The Lea Team – their expert team has decades of experience in Chattanooga real estate. And for every sale the average agent closes, The Lea Team closes 19.