If you're planning to sell our home, or if you just want to get the most of your outdoor space, it may be time to invest in a few landscape renovation projects. According to Improvenet, the average homeowner spends just under $3,000 on landscape projects. Here are some landscape renovations that have the best return on investment.
-Clean Up. If your yard took a beating this winter from storms or neglect, cleaning up what you already have can freshen up your space. Pull weeds, blow or rake the piles of last years' leaves, rake mulch and trim unruly shrubs. Even if you don't have regular lawn service, many lawn service companies will do a one time clean up if you're unable or would rather not do it yourself.
-Plan Your Flowers. Many homeowners make the big mistake of buying whatever looks best at the home improvement store. Consider where the flowers will be planted- in full sun, partial sun, or shade. Remember that annuals typically only last the year and perennials will return each spring. You may also want to plant plants that bloom at different times of the year so you have year-round color. If you have questions, speak to someone at a local nursery.
-Remember Water Usage. Even though we're no longer in the midst of severe drought, we do live in an area prone to dry spells. Be sure to pick plants that are native to Northern Nevada and that don't need constant waterings. Not only will a xeriscaped yard save you money on irrigation costs, buyers will appreciate that their bill won't be astronomical in their new home.
-Plant Trees. According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can add $1,000 to $10,000 in value to your home. Planting small trees overs the best return on investment, but if you're planning on moving soon or just want the benefits of a shade tree immediately, you can purchase much larger trees. Remember to call 811 before you dig anywhere in your yard to make sure you don't hit any utility lines.
-Create an Outdoor Living Space. If you're selling your home in the summer, an outdoor living space is a great selling feature. Spacious patios, fire pits and outdoor kitchens are all fantastic selling features.