Great Lawns and Profitability: How Can Proper Landscaping Affect Your Property Value?

If you are looking to make an investment that will increase the value of your home, you should consider landscaping. Landscaping covers just about everything on your property, except your house. First impressions are just as crucial for houses as they are for individuals. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, a well-maintained lawn can add up to 20 percent to your home’s value.

Landscaping Basics

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), homeowners looking to increase the value of their home should invest 10 percent of their home’s value into landscaping. When considering how to upgrade your landscape, you want to look beyond merely planting trees, bushes, and plants. You should also consider adding lighting, fences, fire pits, ponds, garden paths, or a swimming pool. You should also consider, adding other high-yield hardscaping or structural elements like outdoor rooms, decks, and terraces to further increase your home’s value.

Planning Your Landscape

When considering a landscape upgrade for your home, it is essential to consider the cost of the project, as well as what it will take to maintain the area. When planning your landscaping, consider speaking with a certified landscape architect who can help you choose the flowers and plants that are best suited to your lifestyle and the region where you live. A landscape architect will consider key areas of enhancement and make recommendations accordingly.

Landscaping and the enhancement of your property have become a natural extension of the home renovation and improvement boom. Today, more attention is being paid to a home’s indoor space, as well as the outdoor space. More and more people are investing in the rear of their property. Even small, subtle changes, such as curving the edges of your garden and flowerbeds can increase the value of your home, according to Dr. Bridget Behe, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University.

Landscaping Pitfalls

One of the single most significant mistakes you can make as a homeowner is a piecemeal approach to your landscaping project. When you proceed without a plan, you end up with a hodgepodge of gardens and planting that give the landscape a disorganized feel. Hiring a licensed landscaping professional can make a huge difference in your design, according to The Nest.

Hiring a Pro

When choosing a contractor, look for someone who you are comfortable working with and who is honest and patient, and who has a history of happy customers. Landscape architects are also experts in grading, irrigation, and soils. You can also visit your local garden center and speak with a designer who can provide you with a quick sketch and basic advice.

There is no doubt that upgrading your home’s landscape can measurably increase the value of your home. When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is essential, and as a homeowner, it is your opportunity to make a first great impression. Following a professionally prepared plan will provide you with a beautiful property, effectively increasing the value of your home.

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.

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