If you’re looking to put your house on the market, or just trying to find ways to add value to your home, the outside of your house can be just as important as the inside. While you may be brimming with home remodeling ideas for your kitchen, bathroom, and office, it might be a good idea to not only compare kitchen remodeling costs but also check out how you can invest in your yard.
Adding the right hardscape or landscaping touch can be the difference between your home selling or sitting stagnant for longer than you’d like. The art of it is obvious: the outside of the home is the first thing a potential buyer sees and creates curb appeal. Perhaps this is why the American Society of Landscape Architects recommends investing at least 10% of your home’s value in the landscape. This means more than planting a few flowers and keeping up with the mowing (though those things are a good idea, too).
One thing that house plans with photos may not show you is that hardscapes can improve the look of any home, whether your home sits on several acres or you just have a small patch of lawn. A popular hardscape option that is versatile for yards of any size or style is a patio. Because these can be customized by size and function, a patio is an easy way to make the outside of your home look inviting and appealing. An easy addition to a patio is a sidewalk. By adding a hardscape that invites a potential buyer to walk into your home, you’ve defined curb appeal.
If you already have a patio, or if you’re looking for more ways to update, a general contractor at Open Hand Remodeling can provide all manner of hardscape options. If you’re an entertainer, consider an outdoor kitchen for year-round dinners, parties, and grilling under the stars. Paving stones can add a sense of order leading up to the home or through a garden; gates, railings, or fences can provide style and function, making your home more appealing to pet owners, families with small children, or anyone who appreciates privacy.
When you’re looking to add value to your home, don’t underestimate curb appeal. Whether your home is brand new, or you’re researching an old house remodel, remember that first impressions count. Strong first impressions can add up to 20% to a home’s value, meaning that investing in hardscape options that increase curb appeal is a smart place to put your money. In the Pasadena area, Open Hand Remodeling is the place to go for the highest quality landscaping and hardscaping services available. Open Hand can work with you through any installation or update you want to make to the front, side, or back of your home, and is provides the highest quality service to help your home achieve its highest value.