Make A Big, Inexpensive Landscaping Bang

BY JESSE DARLAND ON JUNE 2ND, 2017

blog-image A mowed, leaf- and detritus-free landscape doesn’t have to be elaborate to be attractive. Experts suggest using a mix of perennial and annual plants to vary textures and colors.

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for homeowners everywhere to pull out their garden tools and spruce up their landscaping.

But it doesn’t have to all be cosmetic. According to a survey conducted by Turf magazine, landscaping upgrades can increase the value of a property by 10 to 12 percent.

“Curb appeal is important to both appraisers and potential buyers, and homeowners don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it,” says Jim Amorin, president of the Appraisal Institute, a professional association of real estate appraisers. “In fact, it’s important that upgrades don’t exceed neighborhood norms.”

In other words, you don’t have to outshine your neighbors to see results. You can probably get away with planting shrubs and perennials, with no need to invest in landscape lighting or fancy hardscaping. That is, so long as you’re neighbors don’t already have such features.

According to the Appraisal Institute, there are four easy improvements that don’t cost much:

1. Tidying up.

Just power-washing your sidewalks or replacing faded planter pots can boost your home’s curb appeal.

2. Taking care of the lawn.

If your home has a natural lawn, keeping it well maintained can boost your home’s value, especially if it’s going to be sold within a year.

3. Sealing your driveway, deck or patio.

Well-sealed driveways or patios won’t have weeds growing through cracks or seams, and a protected deck will look better, last longer and resist insect damage.

4. Planting perennials.

While they take more effort to plant and cost more than annual plants, perennials can add a variety of texture and color to your yard. Properly maintained, you’ll be enjoying their blooms year after year.

The average homeowner will spend will spend $1,766 to $3,227 per landscaping project, according to ImproveNet.com. By tackling these four simple tasks first, you can reap the benefit without spending nearly as much dough.

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