First impressions matter, especially to homebuyers: a shabby exterior or poorly-kept lawn can have potential buyers thinking twice even before they see inside. On the other hand, mature plants and other landscaping features don’t just make a home look good: thoughtful landscaping can increase your home’s value significantly. Landscaping is an upgrade with potential for a fairly significant return on your investment, and a nicely designed yard can help your home sell faster than other otherwise comparable homes in your market.

Choose a design wisely

Ideally, you’ll want to have plenty of time before you intend to list your home time to plan and then execute landscaping improvements. Good landscaping doesn’t need to be expensive, but you will want any new landscaping elements to fit together nicely. Take your home’s construction and style into consideration, and spend some time thinking about how different potential landscaping features will look once you’ve got everything in place. Also, it’s worth making an effort you use plants native to your region: that exotic tree or flower bush may look good in the plant catalog, but even if you do manage to keep it healthy, future buyers may see maintaining your unusual gardening choices as troublesome.

Get started early

If you’re interested in hiring professional landscapers, winter is a great time to begin your project. Most serious planting is best done at the end of winter or the beginning of spring (the exact timing will depend on what part of the country you’re in). But trees and dirt and mulch and other supplies you’ll need for your landscaping project will probably need to be ordered in advance, and booking service providers to dig holes or trim branches early can save you some hassle later.

 

Mature plants are a big deal

Healthy, mature plants let potential buyers know that your home has been well cared-for, and that this home is a place where they, too, can put down roots and thrive. If you already have mature trees or deeply rooted plants, take care of them. Trimmed branches, well defined edges, and a sharp line between where the lawn ends and the mulch begins can give your old trees a welcoming, well-landscaped look. If you don’t currently any mature plants, it may be worth the additional money to pay a little extra for older, more mature plant specimens to add to your yard. At the very least, new plants should be integrated into the final landscaping project as fully as possible. Potential buyers can get excited about imaging their family growing alongside a smaller, less developed tree, too.

Don’t ignore the little detailswatch full Dunkirk movie

Small details can make a big difference. When you’re planning landscaping for your home, don’t forget about little touches like the house numbers or the mailbox. Painting the door or window trim can freshen up the look of your home without breaking the bank. Potted plants, window flower boxes, and container gardens can add greenery and interest even where a full landscaping overhaul isn’t practical. Container gardens can also help homeowners who don’t feel like they’ve got particularly green thumbs practice taking care of plants—worst case scenario, failed container plants can be replaced with fresh ones regularly. Once you’ve unlocked the secrets of a thriving container garden, you’ll feel more confident moving onto a border row of flowers along a walkway. For more tips on getting your home ready for market, check out this prior post on the Morty Blog.