Unquestionably, landscaping is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the value of your property. Not only does attractive landscaping make your home more visually appealing to potential buyers, but it offers a wide range of other benefits as well. Quality landscaping can increase a home’s energy efficiency, provide a barrier against the elements, reduce noise pollution and offer homeowners a greater sense of privacy. However, if you are considering improving your property, there are some definite “don’ts” that you should endeavor to avoid when planning your landscaping venture. We cover some of these landscaping mistakes.
Don’t Forget to Plan
Landscaping is not something to be done haphazardly. Though there is nothing wrong with developing a long-term plan, making improvements incrementally and as finances allow, that does not mean that it is wise to go at it piecemeal. If you succumb to the temptation to just jump into the project, ripping out existing features, clearing areas, tossing in random flora from your local home and garden supply store, and generally proceeding without a definite course of action then you could quickly find yourself in a dilemma.
Even if you are planning to do the work yourself, it pays to use the service of a qualified and reputable landscape designer. Following a definite plan will prevent you from ending up with a half-completed project or winding up with a landscaping scheme that clashes and decreases the attractiveness of your property rather than supplementing it. Establishing a concrete plan will also help you to stay within your budget.
When you are planning your landscaping projects, always strive to look ahead at the long-term implications of what you propose to do. It is easy to get swept away in designs for elaborate and extensive projects. Though such designs may be within your means to complete initially, you have to keep in mind that a landscaping project is never really “finished”. Anything you put in now will have to be maintained for years to come. If you aren’t planning on quitting your day job and taking up gardening full-time or hiring a gardener, then you might want to consider just how much effort you are really willing to put into it over the long-haul. Landscaping, more than an investment of money, is an investment of ongoing time and energy.
It is important, even if you aren’t planning on immediately selling your property, that you view your landscaping plan through the eyes of any potential buyer. It is easy to get carried away with the personal expression aspect of landscaping. However, what you find personally appealing may work in your favor down the road when you decide to sell. While the hedge maze and nude fountains may seem like great fun now, a potential buyer may view them as more of an annoyance than a selling point. Therefore, it is always wise to go with a more modest, and more broadly appealing scheme. Again, using a professional designer can help you avoid making an unfortunate landscaping faux pas.