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The U.S. housing market is beginning to cool down, which means the pendulum will soon be swinging back into the homebuyer’s court. What does that mean for you as a future home seller? While you won’t have to worry any time soon about making any major alterations to your home to grab the attention of potential buyers, it may be in your best interest to put a little extra love and attention into your home’s curb appeal. After all, landscaping has been said to increase your home’s revalue by 14%, buyer’s market or not. Here’s how you can budget for landscaping projects while saving for a down payment on a different home.
Take an inventory of what you already have
Before you start to budget your next landscaping project, you need to take an inventory of what you already own and have in your yard. For instance, if you have a firepit in your backyard, consider improving the landscaping around it to make it a focal point rather than trying to start from scratch.
The same goes for other landscaping aspects such as decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor fireplaces. Since you’ll be selling your home, wait until you’ve moved before going all out with your landscaping projects.
Budget for the real landscaping costs
It’s important to be realistic with your landscaping project the same way you’re realistic with the rest of your budget. For instance, you wouldn’t budget only $10 of spending money for yourself if you know you stop at your favorite coffee shop every day, so why would you budget only enough for a good lawn mowing?
A good way to determine how much is best to spend on your landscaping project is by looking at the price of your home. The American Society of Landscape Architects recommends spending between 5% to 10% of your home’s worth on the landscaping.
Where can I find landscaping services in Bellevue?
Almost 90% of real estate agents recommend a landscaping investment before putting your home on the market. Whether you’re looking for landscaping companies in Bellevue or Spokane, Alderwood Landscaping has you covered.
Our landscape designers can give you the landscape architecture designs you’ve dreamt of having in your yard. To learn more about our landscaping projects, contact Alderwood Landscaping.