Does landscaping add value to your home ?

The answer to this question is Yes! In fact, landscaping is one of the few home improvements that adds value to your home immediately as well as increases in value over time. The reason is that the value of your property depends on the location and the style, but also the presentation and how well it is taken care of. A beautiful and functional garden or living area can have a major impact on how potential buyers will perceive it. According to landscape economist John Harris, good landscaping can add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. And according to a research paper by Clemson University Professor Mark S. Henry, even just changing the look of your landscaping from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ could add value to your home – at least 6-7%.

In the real estate world, a return of investment is imperative. One way to add value to your home is to increase the attractiveness of the property and its surroundings. Any exterior improvement to a property, whether it be a landscaped front yard, a pool or an outdoor deck, increases its value. Compared to a bathroom or kitchen remodeling, landscaping can be done for less and can give a return of as much as double the home value amount.

Another  interesting thing to note, is that 70% of real estate agents who were interviewed for the 2011 Husqvarna Global Garden Report believed that a neglected garden lowers property prices by somewhere between 5-15%. Another 17% believed the effect could be even higher. The monetary benefits of a landscaped garden aren’t just apparent when you sell your home; a well-designed garden, including insulating hedges, shady trees and bushes by windows that receive harsh sun exposure has been shown to decrease the need for heating and air conditioning by close to 20 percent.

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