Upscale hardscape installation offers several unique advantages to homeowners. First, hardscapes give that special touch to a yard making it unique and special. Hardscapes also enhance the quality of family time by making outside areas inviting and fun. But for our point here, hardscapes can also increase the overall value of your property as the enhancements offer appeal, functionality and uniqueness to potential buyers.
In fact, professional realtors recommend investing in home improvements prior to putting a property on the market. According to the 2016 Remodeling Impact Report prepared by the National Association of Realtors, the top features to increase resale value are:
- Landscape upgrade
- New patio
- Standard lawn care
- Outdoor fireplace or fire pit
- New pool
Key reasons why hardscaping helps boost home values
Increased Curb Appeal
First impression matters! Landscaping that has been poorly designed/maintained will deter prospective buyers from viewing your property. Buyers usually view the condition of the yard as an indicator of what the inside of a home is like. A yard that has been professionally hardscaped, increases buyer interests. The pride and attention given to the home helps assure the buyer that the owner has cared for the house.
Privacy and Comfort
Buyers are seeking privacy and it is becoming harder to find. A quiet backyard, protected from prying eyes, is a haven for rest and relaxation. Create an oasis using trees, comfortable furniture and hardscape water features. The serenity you create will be an ace in your sleeve when negotiating the sale price of your home.
Added Functionality Makes Properties More Valuable
Unused land will not help increase property value. You should consider adding a small swimming pool, outdoor kitchen or hardscaped patio. Landscape professionals have the expertise to help guide you regarding how to add value to your property using hardscape and landscape enhancements.
Beauty Does Have a Price
For the buyer, a hardscaped property is visually appealing and it is seen as a solid investment. For the seller, it means a higher sale price. A beautiful yard could increase your property value by almost 13%. For an average $300,000 house, this means $39,000 – a significant amount!
Properly Planned Hardscaping Increases Energy Efficiency
Patios, trees and shrubs are beautiful to look at and they can also help to save energy. Trees planted around the house help to cool the air in the summer. This in turn helps reduce the need for air conditioning. Savvy buyers will appreciate the built in energy savings!
Need some help getting a higher home resale value?
As Raleigh’s premier landscape company, Grantlin Landscape Services is certified, licensed and trained for the projects that last a lifetime. Let us help you create an outdoor living space to that will get a higher resale value for your home!