Landscaping is one of the largest parts of your property, and most people leave it to just be grass. Do better than this, and create a property that feels unique and perfect for the needs of whatever buyer heads in to look at your home.
Landscaping goes through trends just like any other part of home decor, so it's important to keep the trends in mind as you update your home's exterior. These are the three top landscaping trends in 2022 and why you should consider them when selling your home.
Why Landscaping Matters When You’re Selling Your Home
Landscaping is the first thing most buyers see when they're looking at your home and is often the focal point of your property's exterior. The home's exterior can tell buyers how much work they'll have to put into the lawn to maintain it and can give them an idea of how well maintained the interior of the property is.
This is a severely underutilized part of staging that many sellers miss out on and don't catch that they can complete adding value to their home. Getting rid of leaves and mowing your lawn is the bare minimum; your home's exterior needs thought put into every detail, from deck railing to the color of siding you choose: and you’ll see your home’s value rise with it.
1. Matching Colors To Your Property
When you're planning your home's exterior, it's vital that everything matches and works well together. You don't have to match the color perfectly, but taking the time to match the hue or even the general shade of the plants to the home will allow it to have a more cohesive look.
A great example of this is taking a home that has warmer exterior colors and using warmer-toned plants and flowers, like red-orange or orange-yellow toned roses, lilies, gerbera, or sunflowers, depending on the season.
For a cooler-toned home, you can use plants that match that tone as well!
You can take this beyond plant life and make sure you pick wood stain colors for outdoor furniture that match your home extremely well. These will tie together the space and inspire buyers to picture their lives here.
2. Creating a Property to Handle Any Weather
If you live in an area that floods often: you aren’t going to want to put in a pond. If you live in an area that’s prone to droughts, you don’t want to plant species that need a ton of water.
Try to create landscaping that works extremely well with the weather you have in your area. A popular trend this year is to build a rain garden if you live in a flood-prone area. These gardens are able to suck up all of the water and rain you're dealing with and give you the chance to have that moisture diverted deep down into the ground by their roots. Doubling this with landscape drains will keep all moisture at bay.
3. Turning a Portion into a Lounging Area
Every part of your yard doesn’t have to be empty grass or flower beds. Instead, consider adding areas where you can stop and relax or entertain. This means adding furniture, possibly a fire pit, and a patio where people can stop and enjoy the outdoors.
Since 2020, far more buyers have been interested in spaces that will allow them to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible with loved ones. Avoid putting in a pool, but instead put in a good concrete slab or stone patio, some lounging furniture, and possibly even an outdoor kitchen for cooking and entertaining.
You should make sure that most of your yard is still open, clear space since this will allow it to feel larger, but don't let it be entirely empty.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Although there are obvious mistakes, you should avoid, like anything that would kill or dry out your grass or flood your property: there are some mistakes that people make that aren't as obvious.
One of the largest problems is investing more than 10% of your home’s value into your yard. Although you should create an exterior that’s gorgeous and does everything that people need it to do, it’s also a balancing act to ensure you don’t spend more than you can recuperate from your investments. A bad investment is overspending and then hoping you’ll make it back.
Calculate how much your property is worth, and try to keep a smart budget for your landscaping.
Beyond this, you should also be aware of creating a property that requires too much work and maintenance. If landscaping looks like it would take several hours every single week, fewer people will be interested in taking it on.
Landscaping is an Inexpensive Way to Increase Value
Increasing value is one of the most important tasks you can take on when you’re getting ready to sell your home. Take the time to build value into your landscaping, and you’ll be amazed at how much higher your property can be valued!
Lisa Thompkins is the Design Content Writer at Innovative Building Materials. With over 20 years of interior design and photography experience, Lisa has worked on many projects including commercial office design and residential spaces.
Lisa’s work has been featured in such publications as Elle Decor, Azure Magazine, Decor Magazine and Country Living.