7 Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Charlotte Home
By Peter Goldberg
Keeping up with the latest trends is an important part of selling a home in the Charlotte market. Potential homebuyers will pay more for updated properties that require little to no extra work. While adding trending interior updates to your home is essential, make sure to update exterior portions of your home as well. There's a lot of emphasis on curb appeal as it can attract buyers. Consider these seven landscaping trends that increase the value of your home.
Keep It Low Maintenance
Many homeowners want to spend more time enjoying the outdoors, not working outdoors. Make sure your landscaping is low maintenance by planting native shrubs and trees that flourish in the Charlotte climate. Adding mulch around the landscaped plants also keeps weeds down during the selling process and in the future. Consider hiring a lawn care company in the area. Inform potential homebuyers about the cost of the service, to create a low maintenance yard they can enjoy.
Choose Native Pops of Color
Everyone loves to see hummingbirds, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies in the garden. Different colors will attract those pollinators — and potential homebuyers. Planting native plants that feature bright and beautiful colors can transform what was once a drab space. Choose flowers that naturally thrive in Charlotte, such as swamp milkweed and woodland phlox also means less watering. If you’re low on time, just add a planted container of native flowers in a few spots outdoors.
Privacy Is Key
You don't have to install a huge fence to make your backyard private. You can create privacy by planting fast-growing hedges or installing sun shades. Planting a vertical garden that can help shield the view of neighbors as well as provide fresh food is another hot trend that will get a lot of attention. Couple the private outdoor spot with a few well-placed chairs and side tables to create a conversation area.
Pull Double Duty
Future homeowners love the idea of smart design both inside and outside. Make sure your real estate agent knows about the features of your yard that have more than one function. Items like yards that are big enough for a playground as well as a quick game of catch will entice younger families. Outdoor storage furniture that is part of the asking price can double as seating areas. A vertical garden that doubles as a privacy screen will also show smart design and care for the home.
Add Smart Technology
There are plenty of outdoor products that now feature technology to make outdoor living more enjoyable. A weather station can display the weather conditions outside in the blink of an eye. Smart watering sensors and timed sprinkler systems can irrigate the landscaping and save on the water bill. As home interiors become updated with smart technology, new homeowners also want to add technology to their exteriors.
Keep the Edging Neat
The edges around grass or landscape installations can make or break the overall aesthetics of a yard. Sod buildup on a curb or grass creeping over a walkway diminishes the look of the landscape, leaving the impression that the property has not been maintained. By contrast, hard edging around curbs, walkways, and flowerbeds acts as a picture frame for the yard, making it look significantly more professional. To achieve this look, start by using a shovel or pole edger to cut the edge, and use a string trimmer every week or two to maintain the edge.
Don’t Forget Lighting
Homebuyers want to see outdoor areas they can enjoy well past sunset. There are plenty of fire pits on the market that can help make backyards feel inviting. Solar-powered string lighting draped across the main gathering area can also add a lot of charm to the yard. Consider adding other solar lights, such as tabletop lanterns and plant spotlights, to help showcase the garden. Sellers in Charlotte have a few advantages. The city continues to rank as one of the top markets for homebuyers. No surprise, since people here have a lot to be proud of (including their friendly, welcoming nature.) While location, location, and location will bring prospective buyers to the city, it’s up to you to make sure your landscaping, landscaping, landscaping will bring them to your front door.
Peter Goldberg is a gardening and landscaping writer, and outdoor extraordinaire. He likes to fire up the grill to cook for family and friends, as well as using his organically grown garden produce to create mouthwatering meals.