If you’re in the market for a Hilton Head Island home this summer, turns out first impressions are as important for houses as they are for people. That first look when you pull up to a property can set the tone for the remainder of the showing. A well landscaped home gives a property a sense of place and value. And if you're considering selling, good landscape design can add up to 20% of value to your home, a figure that rivals the return on a new bath or kitchen. Curb appeal is important to 71% of homebuyers when choosing their abode, according to a survey by NAR.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping. Landscape architecture goes beyond plantings, or softscaping, to include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments.
Pools and decks are high ticket improvements, but remember your well- landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. On average, this advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent depending on the type of landscaping and the home's original value. For example, that translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home. From new hanging baskets, to backyard fountains, window boxes and trees, to decks, outdoor fire pits and new turf, where does a homeowner begin?
Landscape Tips & Tricks
Have a plan. Don’t clutter the entire yard with various high-maintenance plantings, but also don’t plant plain grass with no landscaping. A good foundation design along with a couple of well-positioned points of interest is a good place to start.
The ideal landscape has a good mixture of shrubs and perennials, but it doesn’t have one of every kind of plant. It has a uniform look with just enough diversity to make it interesting.
Achieve seasonal balance. An abundance of spring flowers can leave a blank slate for the remaining three seasons. Design your landscaping to be attractive all year.
Plant trees. In one study, living on a tree-lined street added between 10 to 15 percent to the sale price compared to neighborhoods with fewer trees.
If you have a lawn, edge it. Lush green grass and clean lines sell.
Match your landscape to your home’s style. If you have a Cape Cod cottage, a Japanese garden would be out of place. If you have a rustic-styled home, incorporating wooden elements in your landscape is a great option. If you have lots of stone on your exterior finish, incorporate stone paths or pool surrounds in your hardscape. The goal is to create balance for the eyes.
Add a walkway, new outdoor furniture or screen a porch. Outdoor living is extremely popular in the Lowcountry. Homeowners increasingly enjoy bringing the outdoors in and soaking in nature while still being in the comfort of their own home.
Avoid straight lines and hard corners. Why? Great landscaping is a journey for the eyes. Straight lines are not natural in nature.