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Does good landscaping add value to your property?

Landscaping is defined as:

‘The process of making a garden or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs.’

So when we talk about landscaping it’s not only about creating an amazing garden, it’s about re-inventing a space. Landscaping can mean anything from transforming an outdoor area into something low-maintenance, to creating formal gardens and acres of manicured lawns.

Will landscaping increase the value of my house?

Landscaping is definitely one way to increase the value of your property without having to spend too much cash.

Compared to a new kitchen or bathroom for example, transforming the area around your house is relatively cheap and yet it can literally add thousands of Rands to the value of your home.

And in the current Covid-19 pandemic one of the most desirable assets has been a garden. With more and more people working from home, a garden is a means of escape for a while.

So if you are thinking of selling and wish to maximise your profits then it’s time to get your garden into shape.

Here’s  how to create a stand-out garden space.

1.     Do your Research

Get inspired by visiting nurseries, public gardens, look at pictures online, or even visit other people’s houses to get a feel for what you like. Take into account your garden size and think about what you need your garden to do for you. Do you need a space for entertaining? A children’s play area? A swimming pool?

The best time for a redesign is actually in winter when plants are dormant and you have more of an idea of the space. It’s a really good time to add more surfaces like pathways and patios.

2.    Decide on your hard landscaping style

Hard landscaping are the manmade features (paving, furniture, etc.) incorporated into landscape design.  Are you into rustic charm or sleek and contemporary?

Hardwearing and easy-to-maintain pavers should be key to your landscaping project.

Opt for colours and designs of pavers that complement your home and design style. Earthy greys, deep honey browns and rustic dull reds suit both period and new houses. You can also link indoor and outdoor spaces with similar kinds of materials to create a coherent look.

3.    Make space for entertaining

One way of adding value to your home is by adding a paved patio. This is the perfect way to create a separate alfresco ‘room’ to enjoy when the weather is good. Add a table and chairs for outdoor dining in summer.

Patio paving is available in everything from brick paving to popular sandstone pavers. Using the correct paving, you can seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor areas to create incredible visual appeal.

4.    Bring in interesting features

Create areas around the garden based around a cool feature. For example lay stepping stones leading to a pergola or outdoor office. Or with a few basic skills and a bit of creativity, you can easily design and build your own DIY fire pit. It’s extra features like this that can really make your home stand out when it comes time to sell.

5.    Create a garden

One of the simplest ways to transform your outdoor space, is to invest in landscaping based around your plants. A good selection of flowers, trees and shrubs will create year-round interest. Using succulents and indigenous plants, will keep your garden low maintenance and add to the garden’s appeal.

For more information about different kinds of paving and its uses contact QPave on 086 11 22 55 7 or email us: info@qpave.co.za  One of our knowledgeable Representatives will come through and suggest the best paving materials and ideas for your home.

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