They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. That’s true with your home as well as in many situations in life. We’ve all done it, walked through our neighbourhoods admiring what our neighbours have done to the outside of their homes. Let’s be honest, it’s like an un-iced cake. I’m sure we all like plain old cake but it looks and tastes so much better when it’s decorated. What the heck does that have to do with landscaping? Well, your house may be like the cake, nice on the inside but plain and boring on the outside. Add some landscaping and you’ve got yourself icing which is sure to appeal to a lot more buyers than the plain old boring version.
You don’t have to go big and fancy, you can stay low maintenance and still get the WOW factor.
Trees and shrubs are pretty low maintenance, besides the initial planting and watering and the occasional trimming, they practically take care of themselves. There are shrubs and trees that bloom full of flowers in the spring and then last through summer as nice green foliage. If you don’t want to spend your fall raking leaves, consider evergreens. Be sure to take their full grown size into account when planning where they will be planted. Also be cautious of property lines (fences) and utilities, call before you dig!
Annuals are a great way to change things up. Once you have your established landscaping in place, you can add splashes of colour either by planting annuals directly in the garden or by adding urns or hanging baskets. Adding pre-made planters is like planting for dummies. All you have to do it water and take the dead blooms off and you can take credit for the beauty it will provide all season long.
Want to take it up a notch? Your walkway, driveway and deck will add even more curb appeal. There are so many options when it comes to walkways. Patio stones, interlock, stamped concrete, wood, composite, the options are endless.
Again, you don’t have to break the bank. While door knocking here in, we have seen some beautiful examples of pride of ownership. I recall a house that used plain patio stones however the method in which they were laid made it look like fancy stonework.
You can do it yourself, you could even hire a professional to do up the plans and then implement the design yourself or if your budget allows it, you can hire a professional to do it all.
Walk about your neighbourhood or search the internet for inspiration and start small. Landscaping doesn’t have to be large to be impactful.
A little bit of landscaping can add great value to your home, not to mention when you pull into the driveway, it will make you feel proud!