Why Curb Appeal is Important
Asses Your Surroundings
The User Experience
A home with great curb appeal offers an exceptional user experience. Take a moment to think about how your landscape greets people. Generally there are three main user experiences. First there is the driveway. Most people drive to get to your house. Is there enough room for parking and maneuvering? Is the surface in need of repair? Consider a paving upgrade with proper drainage. Perhaps an attractive border with shrubs and flowers or a stone wall to separate parking from the rest of you landscape would enhance this area.
Next is the pedestrian experience – the pathway from the driveway leading to your entrance(s). Are the pathways to your doorway(s) obvious? A comfortable walkway should be at least 4 ft.wide. If there are steps involved, try to keep the grade minimal. Plan to include interesting details along the walkway, such as plants, flowers and small trees/shrubs.
Finally consider the entryway to your home. Evaluate the site. For example, are there a lot of stairs? Are they wide enough? If there is space, maybe a wider landing and wider steps would make your entryway more welcoming.
Direct Relationship Between Value and Landscape Design
With property values steadily rising, it is not surprising that the top trend in landscape design is boosting curb appeal. Turf Magazine conducted a study that shows a direct correlation between home’s landscape and it’s value. Design sophistication was the highest ranked factor that added to the perceived value of homes. Whether you are thinking of selling your home or simply increasing its value, an investment in landscape improvements increase in value over time. As plants and trees mature over time, the overall aesthetics – curb appeal – increases the value of your home.