Back to Nature: 3 Landscaping Tips to Make Home Buyers Take Notice



After much contemplation and weighing your options, it has been decided that it’s time to sell the house. Upon calling a real estate agent to discuss the details, you learn that the curb appeal of your home leaves passersby wanting.

Though your home has always been well-manicured and taken care of, a mown lawn and well-placed garden gnomes aren’t getting people excited about your new real estate listing.

In an age where images are used to tell a story, your home is sadly not living up to its design potential. Though the listing might wax poetic about the home’s original crown molding and sweeping front porch, that means nothing if your home’s pictures fail to catch the eyes of prospective home buyers. Don’t fret. There are ways to improve the curb appeal of your home and get house hunters to make appointments for a tour. It all starts with the landscape lighting of your home.

Here are three ways to increase the curb appeal of your home through its lighting treatment:

Start with the Basics
When looking at a potential home to buy, house hunters will estimate the amount of work they will have to put into the home upon purchase. If the exterior of your home is without landscape lighting, they will view the lack of lighting as an added, costly expense. Unless they’re house flippers, home buyers generally want to move into a house that’s ready to go. If there are particular elements missing, they will move on to the next house that offers what they’re looking for.

The DIY Network advises homeowners to “mark [the] parameters” of their landscaping by lighting garden paths and walkways. To create a dynamic scene, set your landscape lighting directly in your garden bed(s) or shrub areas. By offsetting your outdoor lighting, you are highlighting the natural landscape of your home.

Complement the Natural Landscape
After you have installed the path lights, you will want to look towards lighting other landscaping areas. House Logic reports that lighting designers are obsessed with what is called the “moonlight effect.”

The moonlight effect offers “a naturalistic look that features light no more intense than that of a full moon, but still strong enough to make beautiful shadows and intense highlights.”

During the spring and summer months, homeowners look forward to spending more time outside in the open air. After the sun sets, the temperature outside, the sound of the wind in the trees and the aromatic fragrances of the blooming flowers keep people outside longer. But, if it’s too dark, they will head back inside and miss out on the landscape’s natural splendor. If a prospective buyer doesn’t think they can fully live out their fantasies in your home, they won’t buy it.

Landscape lighting such as well lights and spotlights provide homeowners with the opportunity to create the moonlight effect in their front and back yards. Make sure to highlight trees and shrubbery, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the look of your outdoor fixtures, i.e. don’t make every fixture look match-match; it’s boring and doesn’t share the personality of your home.

Use LED Landscape Lighting
Above all, make sure to outfit your home’s exterior with LED landscape lighting; this is important. People have (finally) begun to realize that a lot of energy consumption is bad for the environment, not to mention draining on one’s personal finances. LED lighting will keep energy consumption lower, will save on costs and still style up the exterior of the home, getting people interested in setting up an appointment with your realtor for a tour.

Updating your home’s curb appeal isn’t as hard as it first sounds, is it? If you want to sell your home, make sure it looks worth owning.

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