After spending thousands of dollars on landscaping, how do you know if you’ll regain your investment? Homeowners often wonder if their efforts are beneficial in comparison to interior projects. In all actuality, landscaping comes back in resale value more than you may think.
According to a publication from Virginia Tech, a home landscape has been valued at around 15 percent of a home’s total value. Moreover, certain landscape aspects add more to the home than others, including:
Plant size: 36%
Diversity of plants: 22%
The study cited that a $150,000 home could go from $8,300 in worth to almost $19,000 more with the addition of a landscape.
That’s a lot for just adding a front yard to your home.
Here is more information about these elements and how to increase the value of your home.
Photo courtesy of Jardin Passion Landscape Con
How you design the landscape is the first step in creating a beautiful and high-end front yard. If you plant shrubs, flowers and trees without a design in mind, you could run into upkeep issues down the road. This is why you might call in a landscape designer to help. Landscape designers have the best understanding when it comes to creating landscapes to match homes and climate conditions. They know which trees, shrubs and flowers are acceptable versus which ones might be bothersome. The end result will be a doable, uncluttered and beautiful landscape that you can enjoy for little to no hassle.
Photo courtesy of Applegate Landscape Co.
On a visual level, adding different plant sizes will make your front yard look more appealing on the eyes. Mixing in different shapes and colors complements your home and the lawn. On a maintenance level, using small and big plants will cut down on the clutter in your yard. If you have too many bushy plants their roots and branches could get tangled together and cause maintenance issues. Try and plant different trees, shrubs, and flowers to make your landscape colorful. It will add onto your home’s appeal and save you trouble.
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You don’t want to plant only shrubs and trees with leaves. Mix it up with fruit trees or shrubs that have flowers in order to add color to the front yard. You also might choose annual and perennial flowers to sprinkle across your yard. You will need to replace annuals every year, but that gives you the chance to try out different flowers. Perennials, on the other hand, will last for many years and can endure extreme winter conditions.