by Gary Simmons
With today’s real estate market being in a decline and many people desperate to sell their homes, adding curb appeal to your house can make the difference between selling the home within the first 30 days or it being on the market for an extended period of time. Experts agree that adding beautiful landscape elements to your home will add curb appeal. One of those landscape elements that should be included in the budget is landscape lighting.
For 250 or less you can add low voltage landscape lighting yourself and improve the curb appeal your home. Solar lighting is relatively inexpensive to buy, install and virtually cost free to maintain and can make a huge difference in how your home appears. A well lite walkway to the front door can instantly provide a sense of safety for the potential buyer and accenting the architectural features of your home can bring out the flavor of the house as well. If you have an outdoor living area, strategically placed landscape lights can make it feel like a great place for parties and entertainment. Be sure to follow the design steps outlined on this site to achieve the desired results.
One way to market the landscape lighting features of your home is to take a picture(s) of the house at night with people using the outdoor spaces and have it framed and then place the picture somewhere it will be seen during a showing, like on the mantle above the fireplace or near the front entrance. You may want to hire a professional to take the pictures to insure that you achieve the desired results. Another tip would be to have the photos marketed through your realestate agent on his or her website.
Of course, like other things, you can spend lots of time, energy and money on landscape lighting on your home. But the goal is to increase the curb appeal while adding value so ultimately you can sell it quickly. Landscape lighting can definitely help you achieve those goals for just a little investment of time and money.
My name is Carey Dodson and I am a landscape designer with over 20 years of experience in design, installation and maintenance of landscapes. Learn more how landscape lighting can impact your outdoor spaces and increase the value of your home
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