We get asked this a lot: How important is landscaping? In this blog we’ll talk about 10 things to consider, as well as costs and potential payoffs if you’re landscaping in Guelph.

With the average house for sale in Guelph sitting on the market longer than it was 4 months ago, sellers may put greater value on curb appeal landscaping that before. Buyers who have more choice today, will be a little pickier about this sort of thing.

What is curb appeal landscaping?

Curb appeal landscaping is the how a potential buyer views your house from the curb. If you have nice curb appeal landscaping, buyers will have a positive first impression of your home.

What are things you can do to improve your curb appeal?

Landscaping for curb appeal is at the top of many gardeners’ to-do list. This doesn’t have to be difficult, or expensive, but it does take a bit of planning.

When you’re selling your home, there can be some amazing pay-offs, like increasing the sale price.  Here are 12 things to consider for your curb appeal landscaping:

1. Your home style

Styling a bungalow for sale in Guelph from the 1950’s can be very different than curb appeal landscaping of a townhouse. A one size fit’s all approach to landscaping is not a good idea.

Because the age and shape of your home may be different than others, you need to take this into consideration. Take a look at what some of your neighbours are doing and figure out what you like.  Then, incorporate some of it in your yard!

2. Think About Proportions

If you have a large house with large blank space, little tulips aren’t the plants for curb appeal for you.

Instead, use plants and repetition⁠ (midsize shrubs to line a path, for example, or a row of shrubs⁠) that are inspired by and complement the shape and size of the house. You’ll see the impact right away of a plant grouping that reflects the shape and lines of the house and walkways.

Also, older homes tend to have more mature trees and plants- of course, this is because they’ve been there longer. If you can utilize existing trees and plants that are fully grown, you’ll save years of growth (and money!)

3. Use Hardscaping

Hardscaping are other elements besides plants, shrubs and greenery. This could include such items as rocks, sidewalks, porch steps and more. If you already have some hardscaping, just ensure that it’s appealing.

A broken stone walkway to your home is not a good first impression. Wobbly or rotted wooden steps to your front door are not a good impression.

If the layout is something you like, keep it. But to get maximum value for your sale, you need to ensure that the buyer feels good about the walk from the curb to your front door.

4. Hire a landscaper for a plan

Like many things in life, having a plan is key. Curb appeal Guelph landscaping is no different- you should have a plan. The worst landscaping comes from those who just design ad hoc.

A landscaper will get out paper and sketch the space, planning out hardscaping and landscaping ideas based on many of these points.

You can then pay them for their time and implement what they’ve put together. Not all landscapers will do this, so be sure to ask in advance.

5. Consider colours

The colour of your house is key when curb appeal landscaping. For example, a blue house feels calm and collected accented by a collection of purple, pink, yellow, and white flowers. Red trim will pop with flowers in orange, bright yellow, and red.

Conversely, if you have a certain colour palette you’d like for your landscaping, you can always paint your house!

Exterior landscaping in a way is a form of interior home staging– you want to make it as appealing as you can.

6. Use big and small, but keep them trimmed

In real estate, curb appeal landscaping plays a key role in first impressions. If your house is on the market and someone does a drive by, what will they see?

Use large plants that are attractive from a distance to anchor your overall design. Using just small plants will make the house seem larger, or the gardens to be in sufficient.

Be careful that you don’t let them overgrow into windows. And if you have vines, be sure they are under control and not growing into windows, downspouts or onto the roof.

7. Keep a Low-Maintenance Garden

When Beth and I first bought our house, the previous owner had huge beautiful gardens. It was actually quite overwhelming and stressful for us. The previous owner had spent years planning and growing and we cut it right back to nothing.

A low maintenance garden isn’t intimidating and allows buyers to envision them maintaining (or even not having to maintain it!)

Consider perennials: they might need a little more maintenance than annuals, but they’ll save you money in the long run. Plus, you’ll know what to expect year after year.

These investment plants and flowers add tons of colour and texture to your landscaping that only builds on itself over time. If you do go the landscaper plan route, ask them to consider perennials.

Potential homeowners that aren’t gardeners will be discouraged by large beds or plants. The same goes with large trees that drop a ton of leaves in the yard.

Shrubs, like boxwoods or even hostas require a lot less attention and look great.

8. Add fresh mulch to your garden beds

Need quick results? Not only does mulch keep weeds at bay, but it also gives your garden beds a neat and orderly appearance fast.

A darker colour like black or brown also makes flowers, plants, and walkways pop. However, be careful not to purchase a mulch with manure incorporated, unless the beds are far enough away from your house. It smells terrible!

Also, within Guelph you should know the Guelph termite maps– mulch cannot be used in all areas!

9. Add planters to your entryway

A pop of colour from flowers or grasses is the best way to welcome guests to your home. Make sure you’re aware of the amount of sun these plants need to keep them thriving all summer long.

To keep large planters from getting too heavy, pad the bottom of the planter with plastic or even the overturned plastic containers the seedlings came in.

On century homes, curb appeal landscaping aren’t just on the ground. These planters could be hanging baskets or planters that are mounted to the porch.

10. Make sure it’s well-lit

Nothing is more welcoming than warm, bright lighting at night. Use small lanterns or pathway lights to highlight a walkway, or larger spotlights to make a certain landscaping item the star of your yard.

Either way, a house always looks more welcoming when you can easily see it—even at night!

Cost of Guelph landscaping

This is one of those questions that has many, many variables. Some of these include:

a. How much landscaping do you need? Do you currently have elements that you want to keep?

b. Is there anything existing that needs to be removed?

c. Do you want a full plan from a landscaper to design and implement?

d. What’s your budget? Landscaping has a never ending amount of $ you can spend

According to homeguide.com, you can expect to pay roughly $50- $100 per hour for a landscaper. This of course would be labour only and not inclusive of landscaping/ hardscaping items.

Will my house sell for more if I do Guelph landscaping?

According to Bob Vila, a well landscaped home that starts with a plan can add as much as 20% to the sale price of your home. Additional studies say that landscaping is the single largest improvement homeowners can make to increase their property value.

Although we think 20% is a little rich, a conservative estimate is a roughly 10% increase in home value as a result of Guelph landscaping. And considering the average price of a house in Guelph is over $700,000, this is huge.

If you have any more questions on curb appeal landscaping, give us a call! We’re Guelph realtors and can come by and help with suggestions or recommendations!