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2020-01-22 14:53:15
Landscaping Ideas to Increase the Value of Your Champaign County Home

Are you looking for a solid way to increase the value of your home for sale in Champaign County? Improving your landscaping can boost the value of your home by up to 15%. That means about $45,000 for a $300,000 home.

Even simple improvements can make a difference. The goal is to spend between 5% - 10% of your home's value. And if you can do the work yourself or enlist help from family and friends, you can save even more.

Here are four landscaping ideas that can increase the value of your home in Champaign - Urbana.

1. Clean It Up

How shaggy is your yard looking? One simple way to improve the look of your property is to keep the grass mowed and remove any trees or bushes that have died. Then you can replace them with sturdy low-maintenance plants. Some great plants that work well in Illinois are daylily, hosta, yarrow, switchgrass, hardy geranium, and coreopsis.

Also make sure you trim back overgrown trees and shrubs, and cut off low branches. If your landscaping has old rusted metal edging, replace it with new edging where the grass meets the rock or mulch.

2. Keep It Low Maintenance

You probably don't have all day to work on your landscaping, so here are some ideas to create a low-maintenance yard.

• Plant perennial flowers that will return every year.
• Install a sprinkler system or automated soaker hoses.
• Cover more areas with pavers or hardscape to cut down on mowing time.
• Avoid messy trees that leaves, needles, and berries. Consider arborvitae trees that can grow up to 50 feet tall, need little pruning, and stay green year-round.

3. Grow a Privacy Fence

Can you see your neighbor's backyard? If so, you can plant trees or shrubs that will block your view, as well as theirs. Go with plants that are native to the Champaign area, such as Corneliancherry dogwood, Japanese tree lilac, American hornbeam, Lace bark elm, and Concolor fir.

Try to plant various types of shrubs or trees so that if one gets a disease, they don't all get it and die. When you stagger these different plants, it creates an attractive look that home buyers will love.

4. Bring Your Indoors Outside

Your back yard can be a great place to enjoy warm summer days with family and friends in Champaign County. If you have the budget and room, a gazebo make the perfect addition to any landscape. And if you really want to go for it, add an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, refrigerator, and a TV. Seating with soft cushions, outdoor carpet, and throw pillows will round out your fabulous gazebo.

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