Landscape design is the science and artistic interpretation of enhancing the exterior portion of a property using a range of improvements. Landscaping typically entails updating the trees, shrubs, grass, flowers and natural (or seemingly natural) features of the property to provide a more aesthetically-pleasing look and feel. An investment in quality outdoor design services is one way of increasing the value of your home, while simultaneously helping to distinguish it from other comparable houses in the area.
This essay provides economical pointers for improving the design of your outdoor landscaping.
Landscape Design Options
Landscaping can be very complex, with influences from a wide range of stylistic schools, including Asian, European, minimalistic, modern and natural. However, there is no real right or wrong way to propertyscape a piece of saleable real estate. I always advise finding a style which complements the style of the residence and the location of the property, taking into account the surrounding neighborhood and natural features of the land. Of course, usage of the land is also instrumental to consider when planning a propertyscape design.
All in all, there are so many options, but the main consideration should be whether to spruce up the exterior using DIY techniques or whether to hire a professional to do everything for you.
If you are thinking about hiring a professional landscape architect or planner, then you can really have anything your heart desires; at a cost. Exterior home staging is not any less expensive than interior work and may even be pricier for some specialized designs, such as water features, artificial grading or large plantings.
The benefits to hiring a professional include not having to trouble and toil in the yard for hours and the guarantee that the work will be truly awe-inspiring. The downside, obviously, is the investment of funds, which may be quite large, especially for big yards. DIY staging on the exterior of your home is far less expensive, but is tough work.
However, improving the aesthetics of your yard and enhancing your curb appeal using do-it-yourself methods is one of the best ways of optimizing the profit on your home. You are almost certain to see a nice profit from every dollar you spend. The downside of do-it-yourself enhancements is that the work can be brutal, although many people find light to moderate yard work to be a relaxing and spiritual experience.
Landscape Design Guidance
I am not going to tell you what type of design to choose, how much to spend or what tips will work best for your property. The variables in exterior home staging are simply too great and too case-specific to generalize. However, the extremely valuable universal advice I will provide is super simple:
No matter what you choose to do to enhance your curb appeal and yard appeal, make sure not to ignore these crucial regions of your property. Buyers will judge the exterior of your home just as harshly, if not more so, than the interior. It is for this reason that you must go out of your way to make a positive first impression by staging the outside of your home to sell.
For detailed staging strategies, contact a home stager or consider working with the budget-friendly guidance of a property staging consultant.