As a local Landscape Designer and owner of Exterior Designs, I am always interested in hearing about the value of the services I provide to New Orleans and its surrounding areas. I recently read landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of a residential property. And it’s no wonder because with time, interior décor generally goes out of style. However, landscaping only matures and becomes more valuable as time goes on.
From my experience working with realtors and their clients, among the top things buyers seek the most in a new home is a well-manicured design and large, mature plants and trees. Home buyers typically understand the costs associated with creating a new landscape and many are willing to pay more for one that’s already established. It reduces their out-of-pocket expenses as they can absorb the costs into their mortgage, and it also takes the burden off of the new homeowner to add yet another project to their long to-do lists.
Planning to sell soon?
If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, Exterior Designs has a few suggestions to immediately improve your home’s curb appeal. Start by creating a sharp, well-defined edge around your garden beds. Add a fresh layer of mulch to liven them up. You should also start fertilizing your lawn so potential buyers are met with a lush, green carpet of grass, instead of spots of brown grass and weeds. Lastly, add a punch of color by including annuals in decorative planters or in the garden beds themselves.
Planning to stay put?
If you plan to stay in your home for years to come, I always suggest starting with a master plan. When my clients come to me, they say “Beverly, we want something that is low maintenance, provides a place for entertaining and can make the most out of our space.” The biggest mistake I see is homeowners not having a cohesive plan. They put a tree in here, and a few years later add a garden bed there. Fast forward a few more years and their yard looks disorganized, and is not fully utilizing the space available. Having a long-term landscaping plan is so essential if you don’t plan to sell anytime soon. You can achieve your goals without blowing your budget, and make the most use of the space available.
Regardless of whether you are looking to sell and want to maximize your return, or you want to increase your home’s value by enhancing its curb appeal, landscaping can only benefit your bottom line. Exterior Designs, Inc. is committed to helping homeowners make the most of their outdoors. We invite you to contact us with any questions or to visit our portfolio for inspiration.