Landscape lighting ideas

When you consider improving your home, you probably do not immediately think of the exterior of your home, but it is one of the most important parts when it comes to increasing the value of your home. So-called curb appeal combined with security features such as outdoor lighting can make all the difference not only to the selling price of your house but also to your own enjoyment of your home while you are living in it.

Most realtors advise tidying up the outside of a house when you want to put it on the market. This means cutting the grass, clearing out any rubbish, neatening up or investing in outdoor furniture and addressing the issue of outdoor lighting. The state of the yard is often seen as the most important aspect to address to boost curb appeal, with over 90% of those surveyed thinking maintaining a yard well is important.

Interestingly, over 40% of those surveyed in a study by NAHB listed outside lighting as an essential or must-have feature of home living. Exterior lighting also ranks high among home owners, with more than 50% choosing to purchase new outdoor lights as part of their exterior renovations, according to the the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Study, and more than 15% indicating it is the single most important aspect of front yard decor.

Landscape lighting can bring your home’s exterior alive, highlighting the areas that just have to be seen and masking the less than perfect parts. Given that we — almost 70% of us — tend to use our outdoor spaces for relaxation, the use of outdoor patio lighting or landscape path lighting can make all the difference to those lazy summer nights or after hours parties.

Improving your exterior, whether landscape gardening or upgrading your outdoor lighting, requires professional help to get it done right and best leverage the exterior of your home to increase its value and your enjoyment of it. A professional landscaping company can offer advice on how best to approach the beautifying of the exterior of your home and ensure that all work an installations are done right the first time. While certain aspects can be handled through DIY, the overall landscaping strategy deserves professional attention to ensure the best results.

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