Will Additional Landscaping Improve Your Home’s Value?

Spring is here! If you could’t tell from the slightly warmer weather then the garden center lines at home improvement stores should tip you off.

There’s a lot going on with the COVID-19 situation, but nature always keeps itself moving. Perhaps it’s because we have some extra time on our hands or that garden centers are one of the few places still open for business, but landscaping has taken a higher priority for most homeowners this year.

As you walk through the aisles of perennials and annuals do you opt for pieces that you personally like or do you choose options that may improve your property value?

First impressions count, and when a buyer sees your home for the first time, curb appeal and the care of the landscaping are the first indicators of how well the home has been cared for.

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Before you start planting or removing existing pieces ask yourself about your commitment level. If you have doubts about finishing your project or if it may prove too complicated then look at hiring a local landscaping professional. Most of these local companies provide free estimates and have numerous options available, depending on your needs.

A well-landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. This advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent depending on the type of landscaping and the home’s original value.

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Where to start? Remember that a well cared for property doesn’t have to mean an expensively cared for property. Many shrubs and perennials can be purchased very inexpensively. So when deciding between a Japanese maple (beautiful and costly) and the golden arborvitae (beautiful and much cheaper) think about your ROI (return on investment).

Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Shrubs can be purchased in multiple sizes. Smaller containers are cheaper, are easier to plant, and let the shrub grow naturally in your yard.
  • Some shrubs are “forced bloomed” to show you their colors (think azaleas and roses).
  • Always check light exposure and how/if your piece will fit in your garden
  • Flowers, shrubs, and trees grow! Space your choices wisely