Any good realtor will tell you that the least expensive thing you can do to increase your property value is to pump up the curb appeal, and for commercial property, that means your landscaping! As properties age, outdoor decor can fall by the wayside, with half-completed projects and dying plants broadcasting a tired and run-down appearance that may hide the benefits of an internally well-maintained building. Here are three quick ways you can use landscaping to lighten up and improve your building's exterior appeal.
Mulch It Up
Seeing a bunch of rivulets of dirt through your building's flower beds where the mulch has washed away? The rich color of mulch can help any flower beds or plantings really pop, but beautifying the scenery isn't the only reason to invest in this landscaping effort. Mulch also helps insulate the soil to prevent more serious temperature fluctuations, allows soil to retain moisture so plants require less watering and even prevents erosion. Make adding mulch an annual event and your building's curb appeal will rise dramatically.
De-emphasize Problem Areas
Have a lot of new construction going on, or remodeling your building? This can add some pretty unsightly looks to the front or entrance of your building, but the good news is that you can help hide it with creative landscaping. Strategically plants trees or large shrubs to help de-emphasize the negative, while adding shade and coolness to your space.
Create Focal Points
Perhaps you have a large entrance sign or a lovely circular driveway coming into your building -- whatever you choose for a focal point, use it as a nexus for adding some beauty and color to your space. If you don't have the budget for a large-scale project, you can often scrape together enough to work with landscaping specialists to find low-touch plants that will beautify your space without breaking the budget.
Bottom line: is keeping your landscaping updated for your commercial building? Absolutely! Don't let a worn-out exterior turn off potential clients or investors, when you can make a big difference with a few small changes.