Since 1991, Arbor Enterprises, a full-service landscape contracting company, has been specializing in residential landscape design, irrigation, installation, and renovation. The landscape design and build team also has expertise in stone retaining walls, ponds, patios, and walkways. This diversification enables Arbor Enterprises to create fabulous landscapes that boast a stunning curb appeal.
The Real Value of Curb Appeal
How much value does a great landscape with an emphasis on curb appeal impact the value of a home? The increase in intrinsic value is significant because first impressions truly are lasting impressions. Research indicates that people begin making a first impression within the first 1/10 of a second, and this impression is tough to shake. Making a great first impression is priceless.
In terms of real added value to a home, one source states, “Landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property. In fact, it is one of the few home improvements you can make that not only adds value immediately but also increases in value as the years go by. While interior decor and design concepts regularly go out of style and mechanical systems wear down, plants grow fuller and more robust as the years go by. A well-landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. This advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent depending on the type of landscaping and the home’s original value. That translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home.”
Curb appeal alone can add, on average, 7% to the value of a home. In a slow market, curb appeal could double that figure to 14%. Curb appeal is only one aspect of a great landscape design, but it is arguably the most important. On a $300,000 home, curb appeal could be worth over $21,000.
Other Benefits of Stunning Curb Appeal
Curb appeal, in the minds of many homebuyers, provides a clue as to how meticulous the homeowner maintained other parts of the residence. The potential buyers assume that taking care of the exterior carries over to the home’s interior. Awesome curb appeal can give sellers the edge needed to beat out a comparable home on the market, or even command a higher price.
What if a homeowner is not selling the home? Is curb appeal still valuable? Certainly, curb appeal enhances the pride of personal homeownership. Guests are made to feel welcome, important, and comfortable when visiting a home that has a knock-out curb appeal.
Homes with great curb appeal convey value to the other homes in the neighborhood. Why would an agent point out a house with better curb appeal than the one being shown? Seeing other homes in the area with captivating curb appeal empowers prospective buyers to envision the home being sold framed in beautiful backyard landscaping that features a jaw-dropping curb appeal.
Curb Appeal Consultation
The professionals at Arbor Enterprises know the value of curb appeal, especially in a seller’s market. With lower interest rates, low inventory, and high demand, curb appeal can translate into a great return on investment for the homeowner. The Raleigh area is one of the best places to live on the East Coast. Droves are fleeing major Northeast cities by the thousands for the less congested, more temperate Southern region. Scheduling a curb appeal consultation months in advance of the sale gives the homeowner time to think about options and time to have the design ideas installed. With a curb appeal consult in mind, here are some ideas to consider when enhancing curb appeal to a home.
How to Achieve Breath-Taking Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is a crucial factor in the first impression created by a house. An essential first step is to evaluate the existing landscape and give a realistic grade to the current curb appeal. All that may be needed is a solid dose of landscape maintenance, including:
- Tree thinning, trimming, and shaping, including adjusting canopies
- Trimming shrubs and bushes
- Removing dead and diseased plants, shrubs, and trees
- Cleaning out, edging, and mulching beds
- Revitalizing the grass in the yard
- Improving plant selection and layout at the curb, entrance, and driveway
- Pressure-washing the drive, walkways, steps, statuary, and home
- Painting fences, railings, the mailbox, garage door, and front door if needed
- Repairing or replacing broken curbing and having the city or HOA provide any needed roadwork in front of the home
More prominent features to be considered in a curb appeal consultation include:
- Driveway: The driveway may need resurfacing. Consider such options as cobblestones or brick bands.
- Stone columns at the entrance to the drive with wrought iron or other custom accessories
- Boulders in the yard
- Walls: dry stack, flagstone, fieldstone, granite
- Fencing: Picket, split-rail, privacy
- Fountains, birdbaths, statuary, benches
- Walkways: Pavers, stepstones, stamped concrete
Finally, cast the curb appeal in the best light with custom landscape lighting. Driving by a well-lit home in the evening can be breath-taking. With low-voltage LED lighting, installation, electric bills, and maintenance are very affordable.
For more information about the Pittsboro, NC, landscape company, contact the Arbor Enterprises office at (919) 542-6765.