Great Landscaping Increases Sellers’ Chances of a Quick Sale
by Dylan Taft
on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 4:00pm.
Increase your chances of a quick sale while increasing the value of
your home by as much as 15%-20% by giving your existing landscaping a
distinctive fresh, new, clean look. Create more visual interest in your
landscaping by adding new color schemes and constructing focal points to
direct the eye into that particular area. Discover ways to enhance curb
appeal through the art of great landscaping.
In seeking curb appeal, a starting point for both front and back yard
makeovers is to understand the basic elements of landscape design,
beginning with harmony, followed by colors, textures, form, and
By first establishing harmony, one creates a balance between the home
and the environment that surrounds without disturbing the natural
balance. By using rocks or concrete landscape curbing one can create an
interesting design that will appeal to the viewer (or buyer) from the
curb, which is vital since one wants to ‘draw’ the interest in from the
buyer using good design.
Color is another essential element to a great landscape. Proper
application of flowering plants can influence the mood set in the
landscape. For example, warmer colors such as yellows, oranges, and reds
can excite the viewer (or buyer). A color such as red would be an
excellent focal point in this instance. Cooler colors such as blues,
periwinkles, and greens typically relax the viewer (buyer). Cooler
colors are a logical choice then for a garden such as a meditative
garden. Whichever color scheme that is chosen, it’s important to achieve
unity with color and to be sure to match warm colors to warm colors,
and cool colors to cool colors.
Textures and form are an integral part of design as well and will
also be another critical element in great landscape design. Pairing
different textures and heights of plants and shrubs creates visual
interest, again drawing the viewers (buyers) eye to the property which
offers more curb appeal. Mixing different plant textures in a great
landscape also avoids monotony.
Consider a focal point in your great landscape such as a
well-executed water feature, or tasteful sculpture which can set your
property apart from the rest.
And finally, remember that potential buyers may not have the same
taste that you, the seller has but one thing both buyers and sellers do
share is that they follow the latest in trends. Those looking to buy a
home seek a home with attractive, low maintenance landscaping, an accent
or focal point, and one with visual year-round interest. Follow these
tips on a great landscape design and your home could be on its way to a