Landscaping trends and your home
Making sure that the exterior of your home is as stunning as the interior portions are essential when selling a house. Curb appeal is still a necessary part of attracting potential home buyers and justifying your asking price. Keeping up with modern ideas is another way that you can subtly convey that your home is current and updated to help beat out the competition. Consider adding these landscaping trends that increase the value of your home to help your home sell quickly.
Maximizing the use of outdoor areas around the home is a great way to boost property value. Making your patio or porch as inviting as the interior will help extend the home’s usable space. Combining spots of the yard for multiple functions, such as outdoor dining and vertical gardening, can provide value to support your asking price. Upgrade the exterior areas of your home by making them multifunctional whenever possible.
Plant Native Color
Landscapes around the nation are embracing native plants that help the environment and keep maintenance low. Planting pops of bright color around the yard will help attract both potential buyers and beautiful pollinators as well. These native plants are easy to care for as they are already accustomed to the local climate. Brilliant blooms such as goldenrod, dune (or beach) sunflowers, and coreopsis, add stunning shades of yellow to the garden and are also more salt tolerant than other plants. Consider what local plants are best for your area. Plant a row of flowers along major walkways of the yard and consider adding containers of plants near the front and back doors of the home for a boost of interest.
Keep It Private
Homeowners want to spend time outdoors without being on display for the entire neighborhood to see. Make sure that your home has a partial or fully private area where the new owners can relax and enjoy nature. Adding some outdoor seating to these spots is essential and so is providing some vertical shade and privacy from others. Consider planting fast-growing shrubs or even installing a multipurpose vertical garden that can shield the area as well as grow produce. Another way to provide privacy is including hanging outdoor curtains or installing some fencing that can partially block the view.
Choose Low-Maintenance Grass
Southeast Florida sees plenty of sunshine, humidity and heat, nearly year-round. Many warm-season grass types love this unique climate and thrive under hot conditions. Choosing a warm season grass that is low maintenance is an excellent way to cut down on your time spent mowing the lawn during the busy selling season. St. Augustine grass is perfect for planting a new patch of grass or re-sodding the entire yard for a more uniform look. It grows quickly via long, above-ground runners that are effective at filling in a lawn’s bald spots. Centipede grass is also an excellent choice for homeowners who don’t want to mow as much.
Update Outdoor Lighting
Changing outdated lighting fixtures is one of the easiest and quickest ways to upgrade your yard. Keep up with the latest trends by choosing dark metal light fixtures that match the style of your home. Consider solar-powered options that cut down on the electric bill and help the environment. Place solar spotlights or pathway lights around the yard to help potential buyers see the beauty of the entire yard even if they come for a tour at night.
Keeping up with the latest landscaping trends will help convey that your home is modern and ready to purchase. Putting time and effort into upgrading the landscaping and yard will help attract a serious buyer who will pay top dollar. Consider all of these landscaping trends that increase the value of your home.
Additional Related Resources for Landscaping Trends:
South Florida Plant guide: Landscaping Ideas
Deer and your landscape from Bill Gassett
What to grow in your yard: Landscape design
Shade Gardens for your Landscaping from Eileen Anderson
Landscaping Ideas when selling a home from Joy Bender
Today’s article features guest writers for Imagine Your House; “Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Home” was written by Rachael Baihn, (to the left) and Kelly Holland, who is camera shy, both writers for Lawnstarter.com.
Rachael is an avid gardener, both indoors and in her backyard sanctuary. She can often be found exploring nature off the beaten track or enjoying the company of local neighborhood dogs.
Kelly is a gardening and landscape design writer who loves experimenting in her kitchen. Her quirky nature loves a bright color palette so naturally, her coveted garden is covered in a rainbow of fruits, vegetables and flowers.