In this Angie's List article, Jeff Newborn, district manager of Davey's Kansas City residential tree services office, gives homeowners nine ways to add curb apeal to their home.
With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to fix up your yard. If you are planning to sell your home, this will help prepare your house to be put on the market. Curb appeal is the No. 1 factor in determining a home sale.
The National Association of Realtors reported in 2013 that “gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects.”
In fact, well-maintained yards yield a higher price and quicker sale. A manicured landscape can add up to 28 percent to the overall value of a house and an attractive yard can cut a property’s time on the market up to 15 percent.
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Your front yard is a chance to make a statement that will define the potential of the inside of the house. If prospects don’t like what they see from the curb, they probably won’t even step inside.
The Arbor Day Foundation reports that 98 percent of Realtors believe mature trees have a strong impact on the salability of homes listed for more than $250,000. Even basic maintenance can give properties an upgrade.
Don’t know where to start? From simple updates to complete yard makeovers, there are many ways to improve curb appeal. And it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Here are nine tips to boost your curb appeal:
1. Clean up the yard
Remove dead branches, weeds and debris to get started.
2. Evaluate plant health
Remove and replace dead and dying plants with healthy foliage suitable for the site. The key to landscaping is upkeep.
3. Keep it simple
Design your yard with plants and grasses that work well in your environment and don't need a lot of water, fertilizer and pruning.
4. Pull eyes to the front door
Plant small, low plants up front. Place shrubs behind them and small ornamental trees in the rear.
5. Plant trees
Trees don't ask for much — soil, water, sunlight and an occasional checkup. In return they improve air quality, cut energy bills with their shade, provide homes for wildlife, add beauty and deliver a substantial return on investment in exchange for relatively low-cost maintenance. Use large trees as a centerpiece to complement the scale of your home.
6. Plant strategically
Identifying the right tree for the right location is key to the success of the tree and preventing future damage. Ensure the tree is planted away from hazards, assess how much sunlight the site receives and control competing vegetation and weeds. Remember that planting a tree on the west side of a building is the best for cooling and energy savings.
7. Prune trees and shrubs
Well-kept trees and shrubs will improve a home’s visual appeal, and also enhance the structure and longevity of your landscaping.
8. Spread mulch
Mulching around trees, shrubs and flower beds gives the yard a tidier appearance. It also helps retain moisture for roots and reduces weeds.
9. Choose diverse plants that provide seasonal interest
Plant spring bulbs such as crocuses and daffodils, as well as summer-flowering ornamental trees and shrubs such as redbuds and forsythia. Maples, oaks and viburnums can provide vibrant color in the fall. For a quick punch of color, use hanging baskets and containers.
Provide proper tree care and landscape maintenance this season and beyond to maintain and increase the value of your property and help you to sell it faster.
If you're looking for more landscaping advice, contact your local Davey office for a free consultation.