Do you hear that? Maybe you can hear birds chirping, lawnmowers buzzing, or kids splashing in a nearby pool; whatever you’re hearing must be better than snowplows!
That’s right, Spring is in the air! Summer will be here before you know it, and that means this is a perfect time to start planning out and preparing your yard. When considering buying or selling a home it is undeniable that first impressions are hard to take back. The first impression a buyer sees is the exterior of the home – especially the yard. Some landscaping investments can increase your home’s value, while some may not be worth the hassle. Below we will dive into how to prepare yourself for the outdoor season. We’ll talk about what projects to invest your time and money into, and how to maintain all your hard work.
Recently a Virginia Cooperative Extension conducted a survey about how much you should spend money on landscaping – especially large projects. Some improvements can significantly increase the value of your home, potentially leading to a higher selling price than those without. According to the National Association of Realtors:
Keeping your lawn free from crabgrass and weeds and clean edging will show potential homebuyers that you take care of your property. Mature trees on your land enhance your property value – if they are well-maintained. Be sure to regularly get your trees professionally trimmed and tested for diseases to ensure they stay safe and healthy.
On the flip side, installing artificial grass may seem like an attractive feature due to the low maintenance, but it may turn away buyers with children or pets. One estimate even found that installing an astroturf could decrease your property value by 5%.
The American Society of Landscape Artists recommends spending in the range of 10% – 20% of your home’s current value on outdoor improvements. Remember that trends may change over time, so stick to attractive improvements over something personalized to your taste.
Certain parts of your yard improvements depend on seasonal weather changes like buds sprouting and planting in the ground. However, there are always projects you can start early to get a jump-start.
Gardening is not only a calming experience and a great excuse to be outdoors but can also be a great family activity. Take this opportunity to teach little ones about homesteading and taking care of living things. Flowers add a beautiful burst of color in the yard and growing food can be a very rewarding experience. Consider recipes like these for some fun and approachable garden-to-table ideas.
There are many ways to get started like choosing between growing from seed or starter plants. Decide if you’d like to plant in the ground or a raised bed, and what you would eat. When choosing vegetables, consider what you would eat regularly, or what may be hard to find in your area.
Some popular choices of vegetables to plant in mid-spring are:
Thanks to all that preparation you did in early spring you can sit back and enjoy the sunny days with a beautiful and thriving yard. Watching your garden come to life is a wonderful process with many delicious and fragrant rewards. Nature does most of the work for you by providing sunlight and ample nutrients through the soil, but you still have a job to do too!
Pools and beaches, going for a bike ride, or sitting on the patio at your favorite local pub are wonderful. Remind yourself that there is just as much enjoyment to be found in your own backyard. Eating food you’ve grown and seeing your flowers bloom makes all the work feel worthwhile.
If you are considering selling your home and making a move, be sure to work with a local lender. They know the market and the area and can advise on smart investments in your home. They will work with you to find a loan program that fits your situation. First impressions of a home also apply to working with a loan officer who cares about you. GoPrime Mortgage prides itself on going the extra step to connect with our clients and understand their goals. Helping to get you into the house is just the first step – then you can start on the yard!
When you’re ready, reach out to get started with a pre-approval and moving on your road home!