Gloria Nilson Real Estate Company gave us their take on whether or not it is a good idea to use landscaping as a way to raise the value of your home for the Pa area, including State College, Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Johnstown, Bedford, and Huntingdon Pa. Read the article below:
INCREASING YOUR HOME'S VALUE WITH A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER
If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, you want to get as much money as you possibly can for it. After all, your home is most likely your biggest investment. So what can you do increase the value of your home?
New Jersey realtors recommend using a professional landscaper. When prospective buyers look at your home, the first thing they see is the front yard. They want a home that has curb appeal—a home that looks inviting. If they see a lawn overgrown with weeds or a bare dirt area that looks unattractive, they may quickly move on to the next house.
In fact, surveys show that home buyers are looking for homes with sophisticated designs. Survey participants were shown photos of a new home with landscaping consisting of various designs and plants. They preferred homes with more intricate designs, large evergreen plants, annual color plants and colored landscape.
The increase in value from a home with no landscape to a home that is well-landscaped depends on the location. In Louisiana, the average increase is 5.5 percent, while the increase is more than double that amount in South Carolina (11.4 percent). This means that a home worth $200,000 can increase by $11,000 with new landscaping. In South Carolina, the same home would increase its value by $22,800.
What Should You Do?
Some real estate professionals recommend investing 10 percent of the value of your home in landscaping. So for the same $200,000 home in the example above, you should invest $20,000. But many homeowners don’t have that much money to spend. So what are the options in this case?
At the very minimum, you should focus on adding color to your yard. Focus on a good mix of flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials. Remove all the weeds and work on mulching and edging. Do what you can to get your lawn as full and green as possible. Doing this is fairly inexpensive. In fact, if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you for just a few hundred dollars.
Focus on the actual home as well. Touch up the paint. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Add new house numbers. These simple fixes will boost the attractiveness of your home.
How Tussey Landscaping Can Help
Do you have ideas for what you want to do the exterior of your home? If you have a design in mind, Tussey Landscaping can help you achieve it. We have more than 20 years of experience designing beautiful outdoor spaces for homes in Hollidaysburg, State College and the surrounding areas.
Our award-winning company specializes in many aspects of landscaping, including design, swimming pools, gardens, outdoor audio and lighting, pergolas, pavilions and hardscapes. We handle ponds, patios, garden fountains, waterfalls, retaining walls, landscaping services and much more. Our dedicated staff will provide you with top-quality customer service and help you design the front yard and backyard of your dreams. Contact us today to get started on a gorgeous outdoor space that will have your neighbors talking.
Weston has been working at Tussey since 2007, starting as a laborer on the crews. Today he works as a foreman on one of the crews during the landscaping season, as well as our marketing director at Tussey.