Have you ever Zillowed?
I bet most of you have…
You can Zillow your own house, your old house, a potential new house or if you are a really curious cat, you can Zillow the house you just went to a cocktail party at…but we would never do that!
Zillow is definitely a useful tool when you are looking to buy or sell a house.
It can also be very satisfying for the arm chair open house lookie looker in all of us. Just seeing what’s out there…
What’s with all the Zillow info?
No, I am not selling My Soulful Home! Zillow asked me to collaborate on a post about “Curb Appeal”.
How did they know as a runner & Emmett walker I am out and about a lot thinking about what I would do to other people’s house?
Makes the run seem not so long when my mind is on paint colors and landscaping. Many houses are perfect, but some, well…could use a little help.
More often than not, landscaping can be the all the help needed to boost a home’s curb appeal.
After all, landscaping is the one part of your house the whole world can see…friends, neighbors, potential buyers, people who come to your cocktail parties.
People might not know you didn’t make your bed, but everyone will know you didn’t make your flower bed.
Here are 5 landscaping tips that Zillow & I agree will Boost Curb Appeal:
1. Begin with a Plan:
Start with a vision that compliments the architectural style of your home then turn that vision into a plan. Use blogs, magazines, walks around your neighborhood and more for inspiration & ideas. Sketch out the plan on paper. You don’t have to be an artist.
Simply put on paper what you see in your head to get the basic layout. Bushes can be x’s, flowers can be squiggly lines & and trees vertical lines. Do this before purchasing any plants or hardscaping materials .
2. Select Suitable Plants:
After developing your plan, take note of the sun and soil throughout the yard. Pay attention to what grows well in your neighborhood.
If you have moved to a new area research the seasonal climate. I did lots of this research when I moved from New York to California. Use native plants that are hardy in your area and water wise plants for the easiest care & most economic gardens.
3. Plant in layers and vary the texture:
Plant in layers using both low-growing and tall plants with textured foliage, seasonal blooms and evergreens. As a rule of thumb (green thumb!) Use tall plants in the back, then medium sized plants, with a low growing in the front border.
Incorporate a variety of textures of leaves, especially if you have predominately green plants. Use variegated leafed bushes & plants for constant pops of color. Make sure you have some foundation plantings that are evergreen and will give structure to the garden when the flowers have past bloom & the leaves fallen from other plants.
4. Create a flow
Resist the urge to buy one of every plant you like at the nursery. Buy & plant in odd numbers. Three at a minimum. It is best to select 3-5 types of plants & buy 3 to 5 of each. Position the plants throughout the garden so the eye flows from one to the next from one side to the other.
Of course, there can be focal trees or plants as well. However, a foundation of plants that create a flow will be very pleasing to the eye of any beholder. Finish off the landscape with a fresh layer of dark, healthy soil or bark chips. Both contrast the green foliage and colorful blooms while tying the whole look together.
5. Consider Maintenance
Consider how you live, travel and how much you enjoy gardening when planning your landscape. No matter your fondness for “getting dirty” in the garden, it is always a good idea to infuse some hardscape into the plan. Pathways, rockeries, patios and fire pits or hardy trees that don’t require much maintenance, add to the look & lessen the work.
Even if gardening is passion for you, an extensive landscape may not be viewed as a benefit by home shoppers. Buyers search for houses with classic curb appeal, but those with busy schedules may be deterred from homes with extravagant gardens requiring excessive maintenance.
Developing, designing & digging a new landscape for your home is exciting & fun. Landscaping can change the look of a home so easily, enhancing not only curb appeal but more importantly your own enjoyment.
So since Spring is coming let’s get out there & get more “appealing”!!
Which house has the most ‘curb appeal’ for you?
** Kelly **