HomeGain recently surveyed 500 real estate professionals nationwide to determine where you get the most bang for your buck in low cost, do-it-yourself home improvements. Guess what scored in the top 5? Landscaping! I am a gardener at heart and a firm believer that homes with great curb appeal sell quicker. HomeGain claims you can make a whopping 215% return on your investment!
While most of us don’t live in a stone mansion overflowing with hydrangea, there are still cost effective ways to jazz up your landscaping and add big time curb appeal! Below are my top 5 low cost ideas:
1. ADD WINDOW BOXES
2. WHEN FILLING THE WINDOW BOXES THINK BIG!
For maximum effect I like to use one color of the same plant or a variety of plants in the same color. For example, wave petunias in all blue look fantastic with blue lobelia peeking out below. Above Deborah Silver from Dirt Simple used purple wave petunias to create striking curb appeal.
3. FLANK THE FRONT DOOR
It doesn’t take much to add a few great urns filled with boxwoods to the front porch.
4. KEEP IT CLEAN
It’s well worth the investment to have a landscaping company come out to edge out the planting beds, mulch, weed, weed whack, etc. In particular right before you put your house on the market.
5. OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW
If you’re landscape has a ton of mature shrubs that rarely bloom and always look unkempt , get rid of them. Out with the old and in with the new! The quickest way to maximum impact is with landscape roses & boxwood. First, they’re both reasonably priced and readily available at big box stores. Secondly, they’re incredibly easy to maintain once they’re established. A simple dead heading of the roses on occasion will keep them blooming well past any other flowing shrub in the garden. And lastly, bigger is always better! A couple of petunias planted in a sea of mulch will not add beauty and curb appeal to your home. Larger bushes and flowering shrubs will anchor your planting bed and then the petunias can be added to the front of the border for that extra pop of color.