The winter months make it hard to imagine your yard as anything other than a vast, empty field of white, but you still have plenty of opportunities to think about landscaping. The exterior of your home is defined by landscaping, even in the winter. While you might not plan on having your home on the market until spring, there are still things you can do to get better landscaping. Planning the landscaping work ahead of time will help you save money. One way that a lot of contractors make money is through confused, distracted homeowners. They prey on the fact that you probably don’t know what to do with your home’s exterior, so they bill you a lot of time for visualization and planning to make up for this fact. In a way, they’re justified; it takes up a professional’s time when you don’t know what you want. On the other hand, you can cut these costs down dramatically by having solid ideas for landscaping ahead of time. There are essentially three main tips for gorgeous landscaping; following these tips will help you save money and truly unlock the vast opportunities your home provides.
1. Have a Purpose
Do you have a purpose for the space that you’re working with? If you don’t have an idea of what the space will look like, it’s time to draw things out. You need to set a purpose for the spaces around your yard. Will you entertain on a deck? Have you considered building a better gardening space? Part of the joy of owning a home is that you have full control over what you do with it. If you’ve always wanted to have a big garden but you lived in an apartment, now’s your chance to live out your dream.
2. Have a Theme
Just like you need to have a purpose for your landscaping, you also need to have a strong theme. Feel free to look through old photos of homes from different eras. You never know when your next idea is going to come from. A theme doesn’t have to last forever; if you get bored with the way the exterior looks, you can always change it again. Why not look through some “lookbooks” before your next project? In the winter months, it’s not like there’s much that you can do to the outside. Looking for inspiration can help you cope with the long winter ahead.
3. Have a (Recurring) Plan
If you create a theme with your landscaping, don’t just let it stay the same all year round. Have plans to keep things fresh and interesting. If you think back to great looking homes you fell in love with, they most likely changed as the seasons changed. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. It allows people to see something has changed, and try to get a closer look at your home. Ultimately, if you want to sell your home in the future, you’ll need to have a decent plan well ahead of time. Building a theme allows you to execute your plan, look at the results, and then change things up on a schedule. part of the reason why so many homeowners stay in their homes isn’t because they like them. The problem is inertia: nothing changes, so people feel like they’re stuck. They worry that no one is going to like their home as much as they do, so they don’t even bother putting it on the market.
The truth is that as long as you take exterior design in mind as you enjoy your home, you’ll be able to sell when you’re ready. Until then, why not enjoy the space day by day? It’ll be a lot easier to stay happy when you’re in a space that makes you feel great!