Imagine someone house hunting on a beautiful day. They pull up to a house that has everything on their checklist: the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, updated kitchen, finished basement. But, unfortunately… there is no curb appeal. Whether the landscape is unsightly, unkempt or just plain boring, suddenly the house of their dreams now feels unmaintained, unfinished and time-consuming. On the other hand, a well-designed, functional landscape can significantly increase the appeal and value of a home to potential buyers.
Investing in your landscape not only makes your home more appealing to potential buyers, it also raises home value. According to Karen Cannon Realty, well-landscaped homes sell for an average of 5 to 12 percent more than similar homes. Landscape design can increase a home’s value by more than 40 percent, while plant diversity and plant size variety can increase value by 32 percent and 22 percent respectively.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of a home’s value in landscaping. This includes both softscaping with plants and flowers to hardscaping features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments.
The first step in landscape design is a property assessment. Look at what’s overgrown, what’s obscuring windows, and what needs to be pruned or removed. A knowledgeable landscape designer will help choose which plants and flowers are best suited to our region and lifestyle. We’ll also look at key areas of enhancement, such as a functional and attractive patio, a front walk, complementary plantings in the front yard, and exterior lighting which highlights natural and architectural elements.
Getting guidance from a certified landscape architect is the best way to meet your landscape goals. Homeowners often make the mistake of a piecemeal approach to landscaping, clearing areas and putting in a mix of plants without a plan. This can result in a hodgepodge of plantings and gardens that make the property seem disorganized. Instead, a professional landscape plan provides a polished look, keeps any outdoor expenditures within budget, and provides a landscape that will age well into the future.
Our advice? Don’t wait until you’re ready to sell your home! Enjoy a beautiful new landscape design with the peace of mind that you will get a return on your investment.
Are you ready to add value to your home? The team at Handy Andy Outdoors is here to help with your customized landscape design and installation.