Landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property. In fact, it is one of the few home improvements you can make that not only adds value immediately, but also increases in value as the years go by; while interior decor and design concepts regularly go out of style (remember avocado colored appliances?), plants grow fuller and more robust as the years go by.
Recent research by Alex X. Niemiera, a horticulturist at Virginia Tech, found that a well-landscaped home had a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. His research makes the distinction that there's more to landscaping than randomly sticking some flowers and in the ground. The number-one thing that buyers are looking for in landscaping is a sophisticated design. Close behind is plant size and maturity, followed by the diversity of plant life within the landscaping design.
A well landscaped lawn can reap many benefits for a homeowner too. A beautiful front lawn can provide curb appeal, increasing the resale value of a home or building by up to 14%. And a well-executed landscape planting design's appeal isn't only aesthetic; it can actually cut heating and cooling bills by 20%. Maintaining your lawn and landscape can also greatly benefit your family in tangible ways, protecting them from allergens such as ragweed, and encouraging children to get outside to play rather than sitting inside in front of a computer.
The biggest landscaping mistake that homeowners make is not having a coherent plan. They decide to put a tree in, and then a few years later add some flower beds, then maybe put in some shrubs and another tree. A landscape that's assembled piecemeal looks disorganized, and that turns buyers off. A landscape full of large, mature plants is obviously one that has been carefully tended to over the years, and that sends a signal to buyers that the interior must be as nice as the exterior.
Are you ready to increase the value of your property with landscaping?
Here are a few places to start:
Outdoor Living Spaces
People enjoy the sun and outdoors. A landscaped patio can raise the value of a home by as much as 12.4%. Anything you can do to incorporate the outdoors with the indoor comes as a buyer premium.
Water is a key feature in a backyard landscape but that does not mean a pool! A fountain, a small pond or a hot tub can do the trick. The key is to make the area a comfortable place to sit and relax.
Landscape LightingShow off your landscape day and night. Lighting the landscape can silhouette trees, light up the garden, keep visitors safe by lighting their path and provide security from potential burglars.
As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come.
You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.