|Money spent on landscaping can add a significant amount to the resale value of your home.|
Money Magazine did an extensive investigation into the value that landscaping adds to a property and determined that well done landscaping enhances sales appeal, increasing the actual speed of the sale. A Clemson University study found that homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about six to seven per cent higher than an equivalent house with "good" landscaping. A Quebec survey found that hedges raise property values by 3.6 per cent and a landscaped patio raises the property value by 12.4 per cent.
Even if you're not planning to sell in the near future — the Money Magazine article found that landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 per cent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 per cent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 per cent recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 per cent recovery rate. What better reason to invest in your property now and enjoy the benefits of an enhanced outdoor lifestyle?
Even more reason to invest in a well-designed landscape — a study published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture found that poor landscape design can decrease property values by up to 10 per cent. Plantings too close to a house can reduce the appraisal value. The most common mistakes made by do-it-yourself landscapers are planting trees and shrubbery too close to each other and too close to houses, fences and other structures.
- Lower noise levels
- Blocks unpleasant views
- Reduces crime
- Lowers heating and cooling costs
- Improves home appearance
- Optimizes the use of land and outdoor space
- Reduces chemical usage on the property
- Provides an attractive setting for garden ornamentation and statuary
Think twice before installing extreme elements into the landscape that are unlike anything else in your neighbourhood. Everyone likes to think of themselves as unique and our properties are an extension of ourselves. However, your garden is not only part of your own identity, it is also part of the neighbourhood's identity.