If you are a homeowner or if you are in search of a new home one of the first things you will notice about the house will be its curb appeal. Hardscape design has a lot to do with that.
When you properly care for your yard and come up with a well thought out design that works with the overall architecture of your home, you will find that people will be drawn to your home and offer you many compliments on it. It might even earn you bragging rights as the nicest home on the block.
So, what helps to make a good and smart design?
One of the biggest things to consider is the cost. How much are you willing to spend to make your home worthy of drawing the attention of salivating drive-by onlookers and dreamy-eyed house hunters? Simply put, the more you put into the design, the better your outcome. It doesn’t mean that you must spend ridiculous amounts of money, but naturally, the more you DO spend, the more options you will find that will be available to you. This is where the assistance of a professional hardscape contractor might be of great assistance to you in figuring out just what you want to add to the overall look and make it uniquely yours. Some designs can cost in the thousands, while others, depending on the size of the area, might not cost nearly as much.
It has been widely debated on whether these services are worth the money that they seem to cost. I guess it depends on the family, the know-how and of course, your budget. Some people choose to do their own maintenance and installations. It can be a pride thing, a crafty thing or even the most meticulous of folks who would rather do the work on their own because “no one will do as good of a job.” Folks who might decide to pick up the phone and call in a professional might not have a ‘green thumb’ and feel a little out of their element in trying to make it look good. For others, they simply might not have the time to put into seeing it through, so the idea to pay someone to make their vision a reality is money well spent.
Hardscape design is a business that seems like it would be on the ‘low priority’ level when you are a homeowner, but maybe there are other things to consider before you dismiss the idea. For more on this, check out this video.
What if you are trying to sell your home? If you are trying to turn it around on a quick timeframe and spending hours on the looks isn’t in the forecast, you might consider spending some money to have someone come out and give your property a little curb appeal. What if your property has drainage issues? It might be necessary to have someone come out and fix it to allow proper drainage and give you something aesthetic and pleasing to look at, thereby, removing the eyesore. If you are a real estate developer or if you own several properties, you might not have the time to work on the landscaping and yardwork for every property you own. In this case, hiring a design professional might be a good option to you, which helps to alleviate the amount of work you will have to do to maintain the properties.
All in all, hiring a skilled professional or firm is a personal choice. It comes down to the needs and desires of the individual homeowner. Not everyone has the money to afford such services, but if you do, you might think it was the best money you have ever spent on your home. Little touches and changes can have a big impact on resale value, curb appeal and peace of mind.