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Increase your homes value with landscaping tips O f all the Improvements to boost the value of your home, landscape is one of the ones that will get you the largest return on your investment. Keep in mind when you design your landscape you make the plan so complex that the mere thought of the maintenance chases away your buyers. A gorgeous landscaped yard can increase the value of your home by at least 5-11 per- cent. Some yards even more. Landscape is also one of the easiest to do. Here are some tips. Match The Style Of Your Landscape To Your Home. If you have a Victorian style home you would not put in the Japanese style gar- den because it would look out of place and in some case lower the value of your home. Staying with a cottage or country style would suit the home bet- ter. If you have the modern style home you would not want to go with the square formal gardens but rather create a more modern landscape with lots of greenery and natural looking beds that fit the contours of your property. Keep In Mind Your Design Strategy You should not clutter the entire yard with high-maintenance plantings but you do not want plan grass with no landscaping. A study by Virginia Tec found that a good foundation planting along with a couple of well-designed points of interest can increase the home’s value by up to 42%. Ideally the yard has a good mixture of shrubs and perennials, but not one of every kind. It should have a uniform look with diversity to make it interesting and not boring. Achieve Seasonal Balance Buyers look at your home for longevity of blooms or greenery. Be sure there are blooming bulbs for spring, annual beds for summer, shrubs with brightly colored leaves for fall and evergreens for winter. Buyers will notice the balance you have created for the whole year. Plant Trees A few simple trees can add value to a buyer for the sale price of your home. Living on a tree lined street can add 10 to 15 percent to the sale price in com- parison to neighborhoods that do not have trees. The shade from trees keep the home cooler, and trees are a stress reliever and people enjoy relaxing around or under them. Trees are eco-friendly. Edge Your Lawn The confined look of an edged lawn gives an easy to maintain look. By edging by the driveways, sidewalks, and the flower beds give the buyer a feeling you are meticulous about the property’s up keep. They will think that if you keep the yard neat and tidy you will also keep the rest of the home in that condition. Have fun and enjoy your improvements with colorful plants and landscape trees and let your home sparkle with eye catching appeal to the buyers. Quick Stats Local Trends Single Family Residential in Morgan Hill 2015 MAY Active 95 Homes Sold 52 Days On Market 16 Sale To List Ratio 101.9% JUNE 105 62 34 JULY 100 57 34 101.1% 99.4% Teri Nelson, Realtor Intero Real Estate Services 408.425.5200 BRE#00858151