Spending time outdoors makes people healthier and happier!
Summer is in full swing. Gone are the snowy days and winter temperatures. In my household, this means more time spent outside at the BBQ during family get togethers and more time working in the garden.
We live in an amazing place to enjoy the outdoors, even in our own backyards. So why not improve your outdoor living space and increase your home’s curb appeal? You can add value to your home and create a space for the whole family to enjoy.
How Does Curb Appeal Add Value to a Home?
You never get a second chance to make a first impression…
When two people meet, there is a first impression that can often alter the course of events to come. The same thing happens when a prospective buyer, or anyone for that matter, pulls up to your home.
Your goal is to make your home look inviting and create a memorable experience that lasts in their minds long after they leave. If a prospective buyer can picture themselves living in your home, they are far more likely to pull the trigger and put in an offer. Homes with great curb appeal sell faster, sell for more money and tend to have happier buyers.
Tips For Improving Your Landscaping and Curb Appeal
I know what you’re thinking. With all this beautiful scenery surrounding you, how are you going to compete? Well the good news is, you don’t have to. But you may want to add your own personal touch. Here are some tips for making your yard your own little piece of heaven or getting it ready to be someone else’s.
Trim, mow and cut. A well-groomed landscape is the first step to creating memorable curb appeal. If your home looks overgrown it can signal to buyers and neighbors that the rest of the house may be unkept, too. Bushes and hedges can create privacy, but make sure to keep windows clear as to not block a view or inhibit natural light from entering the home.
Note: Not everyone enjoys yard work, so make sure your yard’s upkeep isn’t so demanding it turns off buyers.
The value is in the details. Edge your pathways and gardens. Clean lines make everything look better. Place some fresh mulch to freshen up areas around plants. Clean sidewalks of dirt and debris with a power washer. In fact, power washing the whole exterior of the house can bring new life to an aging paint job.
Add a tree. Trees are proven help maintain a yard by absorbing extra water, reducing water usage, and helping provide shade for outdoor living spaces. They can add a large value to your home. Make sure to plant at least 20 feet out from the home and allow space for roots and branches that will grow over the years.
A well-placed tree can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50% by shading the windows and walls of a home.
Create an outdoor sitting area/living space. Add some comfy, shaded seating and a barbecue to a nice patio for additional living space outside. Outdoor spaces like these are great for memorable family gatherings or just spending time with your significant other. Buyers can often picture themselves doing the same.
Plant native plants and create landscaping that is easy and inexpensive to maintain. Many of the cities in Sanpete county are under mandatory water restrictions due to drought. Mt. Pleasant has limited watering, along with many other cities in the county. With a record El Niño in the works, switching to low maintenance landscaping will be a priority. Waterwiseplants.utah.gov is a great resource for information on the topic and they even have a free list of water-wise plants.
Final Thoughts on Summer Landscaping
Whether you are preparing your home to sell, adding value to your home for the future, or just looking to enjoy using your property, these tips should give you some direction.
So enjoy your summer! Create an outdoor space worth spending time in. Everyone will thank you for it.
Do you have any recommendations for curb appeal, outdoor living spaces, or landscaping in Sanpete? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments.