How to Spruce Up Your Home's Value so You Can Move
January 7, 2021
First impressions can be everything. So, what sort of impression is your home giving? If your landscape could use some sprucing up, doing so can improve the look and even the value of your home. These improvements are more commonly referred to as “enhancing curb appeal,” so here are a few things you can try to give your home’s curb appeal a boost. The sooner you can improve your home’s curb appeal, the sooner you can sell your current home and move into your new one.
Get Garden Help from Professionals
If you’re unsure of where to start or aren’t working with a lot of free time, hiring a professional landscaping company should be your first step in adding to your home’s curb appeal. Having landscape help from iScape can make your garden projects so much easier and more effective, from planning out your yard to weeding your flower beds. Plus, you can use our pros to maintain your new flowers, plants, and other yard improvements. And with an app like iScape, you can virtually design your garden that not only allows you to envision the finished project, but also have a true picture of what you want from your landscaping company.
Add a Fence
Home buyers often value fences highly because they help keep their kids and pets safe. When having a fence built, there are many different types of materials available, including chain, wrought iron, bamboo, wood or vinyl. The cost of having a fence installed will depend on the type of materials used and how much you need. If you’d like to add a gate, this will run you extra. Upload an image of your yard space to iScape or use the Augmented Reality feature to see how a fence would look in your yard in real-time.
Clean and Declutter Gardens and Yards
Hiring a landscaper is the quickest and easiest way to spruce up your property’s outdoor spaces. If you prefer not to add the cost of hiring landscapers to your home improvement budget, however, you can also tackle some DIY tasks to spruce up your property. Start by going around your yard and any gardens and cleaning up any debris or junk. This can include any fallen branches or messes leftover by pets. If you have flower beds or raised bed gardens, you may also need to spend some time pulling up weeds and cleaning trash out of these areas. You’ll also want to keep your lawn in tip-top shape before showings. Instead of dealing with a gas mower, upgrade to an electric model. Electric mowers are easier to manage, and you don’t have to deal with filling them up with gas or pulling the starter cord.
Fill in Any Holes or Bare Spots in Lawn
Once you have all the weeds and leaves cleared away, you can better assess the condition of your grass and plants. If you have pets or children who love to play in your front yard, you may need to get some dirt and fill in any holes. Wondering where to pick up dirt for your yard without spending a fortune? Well, you may be able to score free dirt from local farmers or construction sites, but you should be careful about sourcing dirt that contains toxins or other elements that could impact plants, pets, or even people. Once you have those holes filled in, you can begin finding solutions to deal with bare or yellow patches of grass in your lawn.
Look for Low-Maintenance Shrubs and Plants
If your yard is still looking a bit dull, you may want to think about adding some additional plants and shrubs. Choose low-maintenance plants, so that you won’t have to spend a lot of time or effort to preserve your home’s curb appeal. You can also look for shrubs and plants that are attractive but also add a layer of protection around your yard and home. Protective plants are a simple way to add curb appeal while also helping to add a greater sense of security.
Use Containers to Add Color in Fall and Winter
Selling a home during the fall and winter can be a little more challenging than selling in summer or spring, especially when it comes to boosting curb appeal. But with a little creativity, you can still keep your yard looking its best no matter how dreary or cold the weather gets. Lighting can definitely help during the darker winter months and you can also add some simple holiday decor for a boost. If you need to add some color, try doing so with attractive container plants.
Adding a bit of green or a pop of color can give your property the curb appeal it needs to wow potential buyers. That way you can sell your home fast, possibly even improve its value, and move into your new home.
Download iScape now and spruce up your landscape so you can sell your property fast and move into your new home. So simple, so easy. iScape it!