When it comes to real estate, the Don’t judge a book by its cover saying doesn’t apply. First impressions matter as they can make or break your endeavor, whether you’re selling or buying. And since most sellers are eager to maximize the profit, neglecting the curb appeal is out of the question. Landscaping, as an essential part of curb appeal, can add 10% or more to your home’s worth, according to experts. Therefore, there’s no doubt about what needs to be done. If you’re not much of a gardener – don’t worry. Here are a few tips on how to add value to your Moreno Valley home with landscaping.

Choose a landscaping style that matches your home

Before you bust out your gardening gloves, you need to come up with a plan. Every home improvement project requires one, and landscaping is no different. If you want to do it right, that is.

It would be a good idea to start by figuring out your budget. While you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home look appealing, landscaping can be pretty pricey if you get carried away.

Once you know how much you want to spend, focus on designing a yard that doesn’t clash with its surroundings. The plants, pots, colors, materials, and layouts you choose should match the style of your home. Therefore, if your house was built with modern, minimalistic tendencies, putting an intricate Italian-style water feature in the middle of your garden probably won’t give you the desired effect. Look online for inspiration and try to come up with something most people would find aesthetically pleasing.

Additionally, don’t forget to research plants that will be able to thrive in the environment you provide them. California is a drought-prone area with plenty of sunshine so choose accordingly.

Plant drought-tolerant trees

Your attempt to add value to your Moreno Valley home with landscaping shouldn’t go without a few trees. Trees provide shade, privacy, slow down the wind, make your home cooler, and are not at all bad to look at. However, even though planting a tree is always an excellent idea, be mindful about where you do it. Consider the height it can reach, the size of its roots, and any other factors that can negatively impact its health or surroundings. 

Since your Moreno Vally home gets plenty of sunshine, opt for trees that love the sun and are drought-resistant. Here are a few options:

Caption: Magnolia trees are ideal for adding color and shade to your Moreno Valley home.

Alt-tag: A magnolia tree

  • Magnolia – loves sunny spots and requires moderate watering until established,
  • Velvet Ash – grows quickly and requires little water
  • Podocarpus – thrives in Southern California and is pretty low-maintenance,
  • Brown Turkey Fig Tree – aesthetically pleasing and tasty!

Let there be light

A thing that can significantly influence the outcome of your landscaping project is lighting. If you neglect it or set it up improperly, your efforts won’t be as effective.

Try to focus on lighting the areas you use most and highlight the most beautiful features of your yard and garden. Framing your pathway and driveway with lights is always a good idea. Since Moreno Valley gets a lot of sunlight, use it to your advantage by installing solar lighting wherever you can.

Some light fixtures are easier to set up than others. However, this is the part you don’t want to skimp on since lighting is an essential curb appeal factor.

Create privacy with plants

Most people appreciate having privacy at home. If you want to add value to your Moreno Valley home with landscaping, remember to include fences, screens, shrubs, vines, hedges, and trees that will hide the living areas from curious passersby. An easy way to achieve an expensive landscaping look is to plant vines such as California Morning Glory or Pink Flowered Currant on a wooden fence or screen.

Caption: Vines do an excellent job when it comes to privacy.

Alt-tag: California Morning Glory vine

Depending on how creative you want to get during this stage, you might need the help of some power tools. Make sure to learn how to use them safely and prepare the equipment properly for storage once you’re done. This will ensure you stay safe while working, and your tools stay undamaged and organized until the next time you need to use them.

Make your garden easy to maintain

The more effort you put into landscaping, the higher the value of your home will be when you decide o sell. However, keep in mind that a yard that requires a lot of upkeep might be off-putting to potential buyers. Not everyone has the time or willingness to take care of a garden, so sticking to low-maintenance solutions might be a good idea.

A relatively easy way to ensure the least amount of gardening possible is to install an automatic irrigation system. Also, you will want to stick to plants native to California as they don’t require too much water and can look good even if neglected. Avoid too many annuals and plants that bloom only a couple of months a year. And don’t forget the mulch! Using quality mulch is an inexpensive way to add contrast, protect the plants against harsh weather and keep the weeds and pests at bay.

Remember, the goal is to make your garden look presentable all year round, with as little care as possible.

Keep it clean and tidy

All your landscaping efforts will be futile unless you keep your yard clean and tidy. Therefore, remember to mow and edge your lawn, rake the leaves, flowers, and fruits that fall off the trees, and regularly trim the plants that need it. Don’t go overboard while shopping for plants (it’s harder than you think), as simplicity is key.

Caption: Regular maintenance is of the utmost importance when trying to add value to your Moreno Valley home.

Alt-tag: A lawnmower

In conclusion

You don’t have to be a professional gardener to add value to your Moreno Valley home with landscaping. If, however, you don’t have the time or willingness to deal with this kind of project, consider hiring professionals. This investment will surely pay off in the future as an attractive outdoor area is vital for selling your house for the most money.

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