Landscape – adding value
A beautiful yard is a head-turner, no doubt about it. The good news is that even if you can’t tell a tulip from a turnip at the garden center, CKC Landscaping is here to help you. Ignoring your yard — or doing something that’s out of character with the neighborhood — can jeopardize the overall value of your home.
There are several categories for design and appeal, that’s where we make those adjustments. Poorly maintained landscaping can be as much as a 5% or 10% deduction. Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10%-15%.
A professional overhaul of your total properties landscape and hardscape will cost about 10%-20% of the total value of your home.
The way you landscape the front of your house creates “curb appeal” and can create enjoyment and appeal for any homeowner. A thoughtful landscape design can also increase the value of your home. A well planned front landscape should include color throughout all seasons, perennials mixed throughout, a “foundational tree” on the weak side (away from the garage), and of course a beautiful walkway. Other things you can do to improve the front landscape is:
– Do a major clean up in the yard.
– Fix or replace rattling windows and doors.
– Clean the gutters. Go up on the roof and rid it of debris and give the roof a good sweep. Paint the trim of the house.
– Get a hose reel so that the water hose is not always tangled up in a heap in the yard. You should also replace the old mailbox with one that is large and sturdy.
A good backyard landscape should reflect how you like to entertain, while incorporating those essential parts that you will enjoy as long as you live in your home. The patio should be complemented with thoughtful landscape plantings, low voltage lighting, and the thought of easy maintenance. By incorporating curves into your hardscaping you will help “soften” the area to the eyes, and those curves will assist the transition to the landscape beds.