As Realty Times says, “That first impression is everything. Even if you’re in a market where homes are selling quickly and for full asking price, it’s still key to spruce up your home and prove that it’s worth every penny you’re asking.”
But home staging isn’t only about the interiors. First impressions are often made before potential buyers ever step foot inside the home. But home sellers can ensure they are making the right first impression by taking the steps to not only stage the inside of their home, but the outside as well. A USA Today article points out that even an unsightly yard next door can effect the sale of your home!
The first rule in any type of staging is to think big. But we aren’t talking about large landscape features, we’re talking about landscape features that appeal to a large market. As color expert and decorator Kristie Barnett advises, you want to be careful not to confine yourself to a specific taste. You are selling a lifestyle, put not just one in particular. So when setting out to stage your landscape, think about what the average homeowner wants: a beautifully-kept yard and a nice outdoor living space.
The reality is that for a majority of today’s homebuyers, outdoor living space is not a perk, it’s a must! Even the recession and subsequent housing slump did not slow down the outdoor living trend. According to a recent report by the San Francisco Chronicle confirms, “Real estate experts say that for every dollar you invest in landscaping projects, you could see up to a $2 return when you sell your home.”
So where do you start? A landscaping project to upgrade or install a hardscape may be the place. When it comes to adding home value, a hardscape that provides space for outdoor dining, entertaining, and relaxing could be the game-changer that helps you go from “for sale” to “sold.”
Design by Lifescape
Whether its a new hardscape or simply a little landscape maintenance that you need, the landscaping and outdoor living experts at Lifescape in Colorado can help you find the landscape staging solution that’s right for you. Visit our website to learn about our extensive range of landscaping, gardening, and outdoor living services and to see samples of our work.
Looking for a way to brighten up your outdoor patio or entrance way? Adding flower pots can charm any outdoor space with wonderful flowers and can be purchased at local stores. Choosing the right size and color can help tie your landscaping into the house or bring in new accent colors.
There are different kinds of plant containers, from clay flower pots, plastic, ceramic, fiber glass, hanging pots, sandstone urns, and many more. The right kind of plant container is up to you and what fits your space. With perfect placement and match with surroundings, it will enhance the splendor of your home as well as your garden.
If you live in the Denver or Boulder area and want to enhance your outdoor space, contact a designer at Lifescape for more information. 303-831-8310
The New Year is almost here, and it is time to finalize those resolutions you have been working on. However, don’t leave making a more positive impact on your environment off your list. The best place to start working on this New Year resolution is in your own landscape. Consider a permeable landscape design that enhances your yard with attractive hardscape design. Permeable is being considered the new “green” of hardscape design because it creates elegant hardscapes that allow water and air to flow into the soil.
If you live in the Denver or Boulder area and want to go green in 2012 with a permeable landscape, simply contact a designer at Lifescape for more information. 303-831-8310
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
Last week, Lifescape had our annual holiday party. Designers, administration and foreman all gathered for Italian food and a white elephant gift exchange at Maggiano’s.
We’d like to wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to another successful year as we are celebrating 4 decades as your trusted landscape advisor.
An outdoor hot tub will always be a special place to be in the landscape. Like personalities, there are no two alike. For example, take a look at the following hot tub options. From pre-fabricated hot tubs to in-ground custom hot tubs, the possibilities are vast.
Custom In Ground Hot Tub
Sunken, Pre-fabricated Hot Tub
Half Sunken, Prefabricated Hot Tub
Above ground, prefabricated hot tub
Another realm of hot tubs are Swim spas
You don’t have to stop enjoying your landscaping when the cold comes, instead, enjoy a relaxing evening in the hot tub. If you live in the Denver or Boulder area, give Lifescape Associates a call at 303-831-8310. We can design and install the perfect outdoor living space for you to enjoy no matter what the season.