The garden and backyard are the first sights that catch the attention of passersby as far as a home is concerned. Hence it is very important that adequate care should be taken to maintain it in good condition at all points in time. Towards this objective, landscaping of the garden can play a very important role. The biggest challenge for many homeowners is lack of idea as far as landscaping is concerned. Further there is a perception that landscaping is an expensive proposition and therefore quite a few of them always put it away for another sunny day which never comes. The fact of the matter is that landscaping if done carefully using some simple DIY techniques can be extremely cost effective.
Before going into the various ways and means by which landscaping can be done it would be better to have a look at the various benefits associated with it. Landscaping goes a long way in enhancing the looks and appearances of the home. As mentioned above, it is the garden that catches the attention of passersby. If it is dull and drab it leaves a negative impact on the entire home. On the other hand it is bright and well maintained the viewers have a totally different opinion of the entire home. Hence, it is very important to see that steps are taken to keep the garden in good condition at all points in time.
When a home is valued, there is no denying the fact that valuers pay a lot of importance to the quality of landscaping that is seen in the gardens. There have been many instances where the value of homes has risen by a few thousand dollars just because of quality landscaping. Hence, landscaping is not only merely cosmetic in nature but also helps increase the value of homes quite significantly.
There are simple ways by which landscaping can be done. Just by realigning the rocks, boulders and stones and planting some trees around it you can give a better shape to your garden. The pools of water that often stagnate in your gardens and backyards can be an eyesore. All that you need to do is to bring some neatness into it and try and convert them into fountains if possible. Last but not the least, the garden and backyard should not be used as dumping ground for waste and rubbish. This is the single biggest reason for deterioration of quality of homes.
Individual homes are always better than apartments because of many reasons. They provide more freedom and independence and they also can command better value over a period of time. However, it is important to keep in mind certain important points before going in for purchase of homes. First and foremost the homes should be well developed all around. Quite a few home owners take lot of care to develop the indoors. However, when it comes to the outdoors, including the gardens, they become a bit laid down in the approach. This is because of mindset rather than anything else. We have to bear in mind that the outsides of our homes are as important as the indoors and special attention must be paid to keep them in good shape. The garden and backyard in particular often tend to become very dirty and become a dumping ground. This should be avoided at all costs. There have been many instances where the value of homes has increased by thousands of dollars just because some care has been taken to give the garden and backyard a new shape.
There is often a wrong perception that landscaping and beautifying gardens takes up lot of money and effort. This is not exactly true. Just by spending a few hundred dollars and spending some quality time it is very much possible to give a new look to the garden. Appointing a professional landscaping consultant can also play a big role in helping give a newer look to the entire garden and backyard. There could also some common and simple home-made ideas so to say that could also play a big role in redefining the way the garden looks.
Pools and puddles of water that accumulate in the garden can be converted into water fountains just by using some innovative and simple ideas. Replacing trees and plants with new ones that could help raise some revenues is also a good idea to make productive use of the garden. Spending some money and buying or even hiring quality patio furniture is also something that should be always kept in mind.
We have to bear in mind that today’s valuers and appraisers attach a lot of importance to the quality of the garden. So as a homeowner if you are keen on increasing its value by a few thousand dollars you should not waste any more time in giving a new look to your garden and backyard.
The garden and the backyards are certainly a part of your home. However, many a times we seem to miss out on this and start paying all attention to the indoors. This becomes a habit and when continued for a long period of time leads to the garden becoming one big junkyard where all unwanted things are dumped. Over a period of time it becomes an eyesore and cleaning is something that never occurs to our mind. We take refuge under the garb of being too busy or considering maintenance of garden and backyard an expensive proposition and an avoidable expenditure and much more. However, these are all wrong ways of looking at our garden. When we look at homes where the gardens are well maintained with intelligently used landscaping ideas, there is every reason to believe that they will have a much higher value than gardens which are mentioned earlier.
When it comes to valuing a home there is little doubt that the gardens and the outdoors have a big role to play. There have been many instances where the value of homes have risen by thousands of dollars just because a few hundreds of dollars were spent on intelligent and well thought out garden maintenance and landscaping. Hence, it makes perfect send for us to give importance to landscaping just keeping the value of the home in mind. Here are a few simple and cost effective ways and means by which we can give a better shape to our garden.
First and foremost, we must always ensure that our garden is clutter and junk free. It should not become a dumping ground of wastes as is the case with many homes. The next important point is to ensure growing of trees and plant that add beauty and sophistication to the gardens. We should be careful about choosing the plants and trees and be sure that we plant only those which consume less water and grow well throughout the year. It is also important to understand the normal flow of water in the garden. This is not a difficult job. Just by looking at the puddles of water that accumulate one can get an idea how the water flows. We can use these puddles to create artificial water bodies with fountains and other seating arrangements made out of stones and boulders that could abound the gardens. Hence, garden maintenance is not expensive as we make it out to be.
The importance of landscaping without any doubt will be felt only by those who own independent homes. It may not make much sense to those who live in apartments or condominiums. In fact many individual homes have seen their value go up or down by a few thousand dollars depending on the garden and the way it is maintained. When we talk about gardens we also usually include the backyard. It would also be pertinent to mention here that modern day valuers pay a lot of attention to the quality of the garden and the value could be positively or negatively impacted when the valuation report is submitted by them. It is therefore very important for home owners to understand the importance of quality landscaping if they are keen on seeing the value of their properties go up at least by a few thousand dollars.
Landscaping is a vast subject and there are many ways and means by which it can be done. If you are really passionate about the way your garden looks, it would not be a bad idea for you to take professional help as far as landscaping is concerned. You can hire the services of any good professional landscaper. They will certainly give a new look and appearance to your garden and backyard. Though this might cost you a few hundred dollars, the benefits that you will reap out of it is too obvious to ignore.
On the other hand if you feel that you can do the job yourself, there is nothing wrong with such an idea. Just by spending a few minutes in your garden, you will be able to come up with some bright landscaping ideas. Relocating and re-positioning the boulders and rocks in your garden could be enough to give a much better look to your home. You could also plan some not so expensive fountains keeping in mind the puddles that often accumulate in some areas of your garden.
You could plant cost effective and all weather trees that require little maintenance but help in enhancing the looks and appearances of your garden and backyard. You could also look at some good furniture for your backyard and garden that will certainly give an amazing look to it without any doubt.
While many of us pay a lot of attention to the interior decoration of our homes, we often neglect the outdoors including our gardens and backyards. This is a wrong way of looking at the future value of our home. Whenever a stranger looks at our homes from a distance the first thing that catches is attention is the quality of the garden and surrounding areas. If the garden is badly maintained with lot of rubbles and rubbish it creates a negative perception about the entire home. It is therefore very important for home owners to spend reasonable time and effort towards the maintenance of the garden and backyards.
If you are planning to sell your home you will have to take help and assistance of real estate valuation companies. These companies take in lot of inputs before arriving at the fair market value of the property. These inputs include the overall condition of your garden. There have been many instances where a well maintained garden with intelligent landscaping has resulted in the value of the home going up by quite a few thousand dollars. Hence landscaping is no longer a choice but a necessity.
There are many cost effective ways by which one can go in for landscaping. In fact if you look around your garden you will find it filled with lot of junk and rubbish. If you take the trouble of clearing it you will be able to give a new look to your garden. Almost all gardens will have stones and boulders. If we spend some time and make effective use of this stones and boulders this will be enough to give a face lift to the garden.
It is also quite possible that many gardens will have water flowing down and creating puddles at many places. Using some cheap and effective landscaping ideas we can convert these puddles into water fountains and we can also make it look attractive by planting some colorful flowers and plants. The quality of grass also plays a big role in the way your garden looks. If necessary, you should not hesitate to spend a few hundred dollars and replace the old grass with new once. Watering, trimming and pruning the plants and trees are also extremely important to add beauty and attraction to your garden.
If you are a home owner, you will certainly understand how important it is to ensure that your garden remains in good shape and condition. There is hardly any doubt that a well maintained garden will certainly help increase the value of your home by quite a few thousand dollars. There are dozens of home owners who have benefitted by putting in some time and effort to spruce up the garden and backyard and also focus on quality landscaping. The amount that might have been spent on such quality landscaping and beautification would be minimal compared to the results that one could get out of it.
Most people put off landscaping and garden beautification indefinitely because they fear that will cost a lot of money and will become plain and simple unaffordable. This is again based on opinions and hearsay rather than anything else. Today there are very simple and not very expensive landscaping solutions that one could look out for. Simple things like moving out boulders and rocks in your garden and making efficient and intelligent use of them could prove very beneficial as far as looks and appearances are concerned. You will certainly come across puddles of water in your garden which tends to stagnate and become an eyesore. You could spend some money and effort and convert them into areas where you could have a small fountain and surround it by useful flowers and plants.
The grass that is a part of your garden goes a long way in defining how your garden looks. You must therefore spend some money and ensure that the grass is of good quality. Though it might be expensive it will certainly help you reap benefits out of the same. There are today many valuation companies and individuals who have started paying lot of attention to the way your garden looks. Hence, it is important for you to look at garden beautification and maintenance as a necessity rather than a choice. You can also look into the possibility of raising some revenues from your garden by planting trees and plants that could grow some commercially viable final products. It therefore goes without saying paying attention to landscaping will benefit home owners in more ways than one and therefore should be started in right earnest right away.
Landscaping unlike the common perception is not very expensive and in most cases the boulders and stones that are naturally available in your home can often be put to good use. It does not require spending thousands of dollars for renovating and giving a facelift to your garden. Further it would also not be advisable to go in for complete renovation of the entire garden and the backyard. This would certainly cost lot of money and could put a spanner into the whole plan. Instead, it would be advisable to go in for small bits and pieces of garden beautification ideas. You could start off with simple things such as planting newer and more attractive plants and trees. You should try and go for those trees and plants which could help you to generate some revenues which could again be ploughed back for giving a better shape to your garden.
Further one has to understand the importance of landscaping from the commercial perspective. Today, there are many valuers who attach a lot of importance to the quality of gardens when valuing a home. A good garden with well thought out landscaping plans can go a long way in increasing its value by thousands of dollars. Hence, there is a lot of commercial relevance involved as far as garden landscaping is concerned.
There are literally endless ideas for landscaping. You could take a leaf or two from your neighbors’ house. Alternately, you could also find the help of a good landscaping consultant who could help in suggesting the right plan for you. There are also a number of articles and resource materials available on the internet that could also help you to come up with the right plan that could specifically suit your needs and requirements. In fine there is no doubt that landscaping is very important both for looks and also from the commercial perspective.
It has been found that gardens that are well maintained with liberal and well thought out use of landscaping also goes a long way in helping increase the value of the home in question. There have been many instances where customers have stood to gain quite a few thousand dollars just by spending a few hundred dollars on garden upkeep and maintenance. Hence, it is without doubt a very intelligent and sensible thing to do. Further, it should also be kept in mind that unlike common perception, real estate valuation is not as expensive as it is made out to be. If funds are a constraint one could get started with simple things like sprucing up the garden, removing weeds and planting new trees that can bear flowers and fruits.
If you have money then you could look into the possibility of hiring an experienced landscaping consultant or expert. They will certainly help you to come out with wonderful landscaping solutions that are again not very expensive but at the same time very effective. You should also understand the importance of water fountains walkways and patio furniture which can create magic as far as your garden and backyard are concerned. You may have to spend to money on the lighting system in your garden which should look reasonably bright after sunset. The money that you spend on landscaping and garden beautification should be considered as a capital expense and not as a revenue expense. You will be creating assets that will help you in the long term especially when you wish to sell of your homes. Today’s valuation companies are very particular about the quality of your garden and therefore you should not ignore it under any circumstances. You must start getting into the act in a piecemeal basis and complete one work at a time. This will certainly take the financial burden off you to a great extent. In fine, landscaping your garden is very important to be ignored under any circumstances.
In fact when a home is bought or constructed, many of the customers often pay more attention to the indoors of the home rather than the outdoors. While there is nothing wrong in ensuring that the indoors are spruced and good looking, the same kind of attention and effort needs to be given to the outdoors. Apart from being sure about the quality of painting work for the outdoors is of the highest standards, you also need to spare lot of time, effort and some bit of money on the garden and the backyard. Arranging the trees and plants in good order, ensuring that they are well watered and manicured, ensuring that the best quality of grass is grown in the garden are a few important steps that could go a long way in ensuring that your garden looks in the best of shape.
You need not spend thousands of dollars on sprucing up your garden. There are simple techniques and simple realignment processes that can go a long way in helping you to give a totally new look to your garden. This is very important given the fact that there is a very close connection between the value of your home and the manner in which your garden is maintained. You could even take tips from landscaping consultants and specialists in your bid to satisfy real estate appraisers and valuers who pay a lot of attention to this fact. There are also avenues by which you can raise revenue for your garden by planting trees that are well known to give you fruits, vegetables and flowers that can be sold out.
There are some simple but very effective tips which could a long way the looks and appearances of your garden which will in turn increase the overall value of the home. For example, if you look around your garden it is quite likely that you will come across dozens of items and things that could make good landscaping objects. The moss filled and shabby looking rocks and boulders can be converted into wonderful landscaping objects just by using some out the box ideas. The plants and trees that outgrow one another can be better arranged. This in itself will play a big role in redefining the way your garden and backyard looks.
Apart from the above, you would also do well to spend some money on creating walkways and fountains. This again is not as expensive as you perceive it to be. Each and every garden will have areas where there is a tendency for water to accumulate and stagnate. You could convert such areas into wonderful looking fountains just by spending a few hundred dollars. You could spruce up the surrounding areas and convert it into a small little area where your family could spend a comfortable week end. It would even be better if you could have some seating arrangement in the form of patio furniture. You could convert the backyard into a picnic spot without much expense.
You should also try and grow trees and plant that could yield some revenue on a regular basis. Though not substantial, the revenue can be good enough to take care of the routine maintenance jobs of your garden. At the end of the day there is no doubt that valuers place a lot of importance to the condition of your garden and backyard. Therefore it is very important to give the due attention to proper garden and backyard maintenance. You can do it at your pace and convenience, but done it must be.
Now coming to the myth that landscaping is a costly affair, this could mainly because of the reason that many of us often take the entire garden into one lot as far as gardening and landscaping is concerned. This should be avoided because then it certainly will become a very expensive proposition. A better option would be to have it done in bits and pieces taking one portion of the garden at a time. Further, if you look around and see you will certainly come across a lot of materials and other natural items which can easily be used for landscaping purposes without you not having to spend even a single dollar. For example, the rocks and boulders that could be lying in an in descript corner of your home can be put to better use with some innovative ideas and thinking.
Another important point that needs to be kept in mind is to understand the need to grow the right kind of plants and trees in your garden. It should be able to grow during the entire year and should be able to use as little water as possible. Further it would also not be a bad idea to grow plants and trees that are commercially useful for you as a homeowner. You should be able to make some money out of it that could be used for the purpose of maintaining your garden.
At the end of the day you have to understand that when it comes to reselling your home, you will have to into account the importance of landscaping and beautification of your garden. Valuers today attach a lot of importance to this fact. There have been quite a number of cases where the value of the home has jumped quite a few thousand dollars just because of the quality of garden maintenance and landscaping. If you seek advice from valuers regarding their suggestions of increasing valuing of your home, they will certainly ask you to pay importance to gardening and landscaping.