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Increase Your Curb Appeal with Creative Landscape Designs

Increase Your Curb Appeal with Creative Landscaping Designs

Good landscaping can be a pleasure for homeowners. It makes your home more attractive and can solve problems like drainage and soil erosion to boot. But perhaps the biggest boon of good landscaping is the financial one - Angie's List estimates that good landscaping can boost your home's value by 7 to 14 percent.

So if you're looking to sell your home, you might want to think about how the outside of your house reflects on your home's condition. But how do you know if your yard is adding to your house's value, or taking away from it? And how can you tell what you should try to do yourself, and when to hire a pro?

The first thing to consider is when you're looking to sell. If you want to be out by next month, now is not the time to start a huge project. You should focus on cutting back shrubs and trees, properly applying mulch, and maybe adding some blooming flowers to your garden spaces. Don't go overboard, and don't spend too much. Just make sure your lawn looks cared-for and loved, not neglected.

If you have time, though, a good landscaping project can return most or all of its investment. Additions like patios, decks, fences and firepits can create an "outdoor room" for your house that is both appealing and valuable. Remember that if you're planting, the vegetation will need time to grow and space to flourish in. Don't think this is going to be instant gratification.

And if you're wondering whether to go DIY or to hire a service, again, consider your time and your goals. You can probably handle some trimming and minor planting yourself. But if you're doing a major project, pro landscapers can help create landscaping designs that are engaging and that feel like a natural extension of your home.

If you live in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, or Northwest DC, and you want to know more about how landscaping projects can increase your home's value, contact us and let us help you.