Investing in the curb appeal of your home is vital when putting your home on the market. Small changes can have a BIG impact on your home’s value, and these upgrades can even pay for themselves. Potential buyers often make a split-second decision about your home before they even step foot in the door, so that’s why we recommend upgrading the outdoor living areas first. Creating that first impression is huge, so check out these five modern landscaping trends that you’ll see more of in 2019.
Having appealing, mature landscaping can easily add value to your home. This is especially true when you have native plants that tend to hold up better during a drought and require less maintenance than other plants. Native options are also the natural choices of pollinators like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds that help create a stronger environment (and let’s be honest, are just pretty to look at). Home buyers want to see landscaping that is both well cared for and attractive to not only you but the birds and insects that also call your property home.
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These days, the home search extends past the master bedroom and kitchen appliances. Especially here in the South where we have great weather nearly year round, nature is a big selling point for houses that have plenty of outdoor areas where families can relax and enjoy the outdoors. These outdoor areas are trending because they allow for extra living space that extends beyond the walls of the home. Make sure your home has a clearly defined and well-maintained outdoor living space that includes seating, tables, and ambiance. Even the smallest outdoor areas that can only fit a cafe dining set can be enough to entice a potential buyer to put down an offer. Pro tip: add a tv and a fire pit, and you’ll be the place where everyone wants to hang out!
A Touch of Modern
Installing hardscapes (man-made features built into landscape) has become a trend that’s seeing big-time growth in recent years. Hardscapes aren’t just concrete and brick anymore but are evolving into including different designs and colors that really contrast the surrounding landscaping. Consider choosing stamped concrete for an outdoor patio or installing a retaining wall that could offer both support and extra seating. Potential home buyers want an even mix of hardscaped patios along with natural, soft-scaped lawns and gardens.
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Less Work, More Play
For most of us without green thumbs, we don’t want to be bothered with caring for a finicky plant that needs a lot of attention. Homeowners want to spend more time enjoying their backyard instead of working in it. Choosing native plants and hardscapes will help to cut down on yard maintenance as previously mentioned, and other options include xeriscaping part of the yard which will require little or no maintenance whatsoever. Include native, drought-tolerant plants that don’t need extra watering and surround them with stone or other inorganic mulch to create a modern look.
Plenty of Privacy
As neighborhoods become denser, homeowners want to feel like their outdoor living space is private from nosy neighbors. Consider adding elements to your landscape that naturally create a more private and protected space. Hedges, trees, and fast-growing vines can all create a natural barrier for homeowners to enjoy the outdoors. Other options include adding outdoor shades or curtains that can be easily moved aside. Even something as small as a boxwood hedge that only grows a few feet tall can create enough of a barrier for homeowners to feel like their outdoor area is not on display.
These five trending landscaping touches will make your home stand out on the market and make your yard the envy of the neighborhood!
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Written in conjunction with Jacob Palmer of LawnStarter.
Jacob Palmer is a gardening and landscape design writer. When mowing lawns on his street as a child, he discovered a lifelong passion for landscape design. He now has three children who can all be found helping him most weekends with his next big garden project.