Landscaping and Your Home – Why It’s Important to You

Did you know that quality landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to your home value?  Landscaping is one of the few improvements to your home that can add value immediately but can also gradually increase the value of your home over time.  Unlike professional landscaping, interior decor upgrades tend to go in and out of style, potentially making the home less desirable.  Additionally, mechanical upgrades deteriorate and wear down with time, but with beautiful plants, they only get better with time.House

According to horticulturist, Alex Niemiera, at Virginia Tech, a quality landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with little or low quality landscaping.  Alex Niemiera goes on to explain this price advantage can range from 5.5% to 12.7% in increased home value!  What does that mean to you?  On a $250,000 home this could potentially mean $13,700 to $31,750 in increased value.
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The biggest mistake homeowners have when attempting to landscape is the fact that they do not have a well thought out plan.  Typically, the unplanned homeowner will complete one piece at a time leading to landscaping that does not flow well.  According to Niemera’s research, landscaping does not simply mean adding a few shrubs and flowers.  The research suggests if you want to increase your home value that having a sophisticated landscape design is very important.  The second greatest factor is plant size and maturity.  Landscaping full of mature plants is one that has been well taken care of over time, sending a signal to buyers that the house has been treated with the same respect.

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