Invest In Landscaping To Raise Your Home’s Value

Posted by Richard on May 17, 2023

Landscaping is a no-brainer to add curb appeal to your home, but the value is more than just cosmetic — researchers at Virginia Tech found that it can increase property value by as much as 15 percent. According to the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS, landscaping can significantly affect the perceived value of a home. And like many investments, a long-term approach can provide the biggest payoff in the end.

* Don’t just stick flowers and shrubs in the ground at random — follow a well thought-out plan. You can download pre-made plans or hire a designer to create a custom plan just for you.
* Use bright colors. Bright flowers are a quick and easy way to add interest up your landscaping and can conceal a few sins, too.
* Nurture the grass. A well-maintained lawn is one the easiest and most cost-effective places to start — according to LawnStarter, a $268 investment in lawn care services adds about $1,200 in value.
* Add trees. Small young trees in 15-gallon pots are easy to transport home from a nursery and already offer some size, often at very affordable prices. The trees will continue to add value as they grow taller.
* Maintain fences and walls. Well-kept fences add to property values, but broken panels or cracked walls can actually decrease your home’s value.
* Avoid large outdoor water features. If you ever plan to sell your home, potential buyers probably won’t consider a fountain or fish pond an asset — they’ll just see a hassle that must be maintained or removed.