Having your home appraised can cause a bit of anxiety for homeowners. If the appraisal is for opening a second mortgage or selling there are small things that can be done to improve the appearance of your home that don't require tearing down the walls. The outside of your home makes the first impression on an appraiser and a well manicured lawn does so much to improve the look of your home.
Choose plants that add interest and compliment the physical structure of your home. If you have a Mediterranean style home using tropical plants to tie together the feel of your home and increasing the value of your real estate. Garden centers have a variety of plants that are suitable for your region and that will complement your home. Think of colors and themes that are consistent. You can choose monochromatic for a bold dramatic modern statement or use swatches of colors and plants to add more interest to your real estate.
If you have a cottage style home use wildflowers of various colors and types. Choose plants that bloom at different times so that there is always something blooming year round. Homes that have a unified appearance of structure and accents look better maintained, and can increase the value of the house in the eyes of the auditor as well as the buyer. Making your best impression the first time can help insure that your real estate is valued at the highest possible value.
Maintenance is important, if you spend the money, time and effort to have a professional landscaper come and landscape your home try and get someone that is more than a mow and blow guy. They rarely care for the plants, spending a bit of extra money may actually go a long way in this case. A landscape designer can help you to put things into order as far as placement and design, but for maintenance you will need to hire someone else. Ask neighbors for recommendations, and often you will find business cards posted at garden center announcement boards.
Having well manicured grass is nice, but to make the best possible impression add other plants and flowers to help tie in your yard with your property. Real estate values are mostly market based, but doing simple thing to improve appearances can make a great impact on the final value.