Fall is the perfect time to get outside and spruce up your home’s landscaping. Your home only gets one chance to make a good first impression and landscaping helps your home’s curb appeal. Landscaping can be costly, with the average homeowner spending anywhere from $1,700 to $3,200 annually. The good news is that you can recoup a large portion of that if you are selling your home this fall. Here are a few landscape renovations that are worth it when it comes to return value.
Start your landscaping makeover by cleaning up what you already have. This means trimming shrubs, pruning trees, and removing weeds. Rake up any leaves and aerate your yard for a healthy lawn come spring.
Believe it or not, trees appreciate in value over time. Tree saplings at a local nursery can be found for as low as $10. However, a mature tree can add value to your home anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. Trees planted appropriately around your home to provide shade can lower your home’s cooling bill by up to 50%. Trees also serve to block wind in the winter months – helping reduce energy bills.
Outdoor Living Area
Creating an outdoor living area is another sound investment. Add a fire pit surrounded by pavers, which is not only low-maintenance but inviting. Outdoor living areas are among the top 10 things on buyer’s lists.
Colorful flowers do a great job in adding color to your yard, but these annual type plants mean that color is only there once. Add variety by planting perennials as well. This way you are not re-planting your whole lawn each year.
Add outdoor lighting to your home’s exterior. Lighting helps your home have curb appeal at night, along with welcoming guests. It also protects you and your guests from slips and falls. Most of all, well done lighting helps reduce your chance of being burglarized.
Adding a retaining wall or terracing can help prevent yards that have steep slopes from eroding and will make mowing easier. Retaining walls, when done well, improve your home’s curb appeal and can help it appraise for more money. However, they can be expensive with the average cost running anywhere from $15 to $40 a square foot.
If buying or selling a home along the Jersey Shore is something you are considering this fall, we’d be delighted to take the time to show you potential homes and to answer any questions you may have about living on the New Jersey shore, or owning a second home. Our job is to make your tomorrow better than today. Contact us today via email or give us a call at 609-264-6762