Landscapers typically split the different types of design work they do into two distinct categories. One is softscaping which refers to plantings and other living elements. Whereas, hardscaping refers to the various elements that are built from harder materials like stone and concrete. Real estate agents all over have been well aware of the impact that landscaping can have on a home’s resale value. Hardscape elements that are added to your home are likely to make the most significant impact on your resale value.
Having a concrete or stone walkway positioned in front of your home is one of the best ways to boost the overall value of your home. It can enhance your home’s curb appeal dramatically. Simply having a sidewalk that runs across the front of your property can make your home look much more appealing which can draw the eyes of prospective home buyers. Other areas of your property can feature walkways which will help to make your entire landscape look larger than it really is and it can make it look much better maintained.
A stone fire pit and a seating area positioned in your backyard are one of the best hardscape elements you can add and it also happens to be the most popular. These fire pits are the single best way to turn your unused and wasted lawn or patio into something that you can use as an organizational gathering point for your friends and family. It will give buyers the ability to visualize themselves using it with their own friends and family.
Having more outdoor living space and having a better outdoor living space will always increase the home’s value. This is primarily the reason why one of the most utilized hardscapes is an outdoor kitchen that features a built-in grill. It also happens to make having guests over and keeping them entertained much easier because an outdoor kitchen is not going to force you to separate guests from yourself while you are hosting a party or get-together. Another option that you can use to boost the appeal would be to add a dining area.
One of the most significant hardscape elements is the patio. The patio remains one of the most desirable options available because it can add usable square footage to a home. Because of this fact alone, it is capable of boosting the home’s resale value significantly. The boost that it adds can be even more significant when the patio includes a variety of other elements that can make it more aesthetically pleasing and desirable including but not limited to a fire pit, a water feature, and flower beds.
A retaining wall can be one of the best investments you make in your home if your home was built on a hill. Not only do they offer a pleasing aesthetic, but they will also help to prevent you to have issues with a shifting foundation. Using stone for your retaining walls can help to ensure they are built to last.
When To Add Features
Most hardscaping is meant to be done for both your enjoyment of your home along with the side benefit of it boosting its value in the future. Therefore, you don’t have to wait until you are ready to list your home to add hardscapes to it. Give us a call today.