Landscaping is the ultimate proof that nature is irresistible. Even if you’re not outdoorsy, it’s hard to deny the charm of a well-tended lawn or a stunning garden replete with a colorful array of flowers. These outdoor havens also invite birds and other wildlife, adding to the natural allure of your property.
Whether you plan to plant trees and shrubs or lay down new sod, landscaping can transform a bland yard into a breezy and welcoming space. But to make this a reality, you need an expert’s input. To this end, TW Landscape – experienced professionals dedicated to exceeding your expectations – could help you create a dream outdoor oasis.
But why should you invest in landscaping? For starters, it increases the value of your Chagrin Falls, OH, property. Hence, take your cue from Mother Nature and spruce up your outdoor space.
Numbers Don’t Lie
Undoubtedly, an investment in your landscape lends value to your home. The American Society of Landscape Architects recommends that homeowners set aside at least 10% of their building budget for landscaping and outdoor amenities. Do these professionals know something we don’t?
In a word, yes. Studies indicate that a well-designed landscape can significantly add to your property’s value, with some estimates showing an increase of up to 15%.
Generally, expect the value to increase by roughly 5% to 12%, depending on the area and the modifications done. Here’s a look at the various other ways landscaping, directly and indirectly, impacts the value of your home.
1. Greater Curb Appeal when Selling
Having a beautifully landscaped front yard is like wearing a fancy suit to a job interview. It immediately sets the tone by creating a great first impression. Passersby, friends, family, and neighbors, can’t help but pause and take notice of your home.
Conversely, an unkempt landscape is akin to showing up in sweatpants and a stained t-shirt – not the look that could earn you the coveted role unless you’re at a yoga studio or auditioning for a role in a Vegas tourist show. And who would want to explore a house if the yard looks like a scene out of a post-apocalypse movie?
A well-designed landscape also makes a house look more inviting and attractive to potential buyers. It may also distract from potential imperfections. In short, it creates an overall sense of satisfaction for prospective buyers viewing the property – which can lead to better offers or a faster sale.
For a start, roughly 90% of people intending to buy a property first scour the web for online listings. If your landscape is immaculate, it can draw more eyeballs and make your listing stand out – as more prospective buyers drool over your property before they stop by to view it. From then on…you know the drift.
2. Higher Appraisal Value
Valuers typically consider several factors when estimating the value of your property – general upkeep is one of them. Often, we assume that the interior features and condition of the home are more significant than the exterior. However, a neglected or poorly landscaped yard can offset gains garnered from an upgraded kitchen or bathroom.
Hence, by adding landscape features such as fire pits, patios, hardscapes, decks, and gardens, you can maximize the value of your home. Likewise, native plants, trees and shrubs, proper grading, and improved drainage (as explained hereunder) can increase the appraisal value as they add visual complexity to your outdoor space.
3. Enhanced Drainage and Runoff
Are you tired of playing slip-n-slide in your yard whenever it rains? Well, landscaping prevents storm runoff from wreaking havoc on your lawn and home. For instance, by strategically placing trees and shrubs in specific areas, you can create natural waterways and drainage systems that direct excess water away from your den.
Conversely, if water pools around your home, it can affect the foundation. Also, mold and mildew could start forming, leading to water damage and other issues. Would you expect the value of such a home to drop or skyrocket?
A landscaping professional can help you avert issues such as flooding and soil erosion. For instance, they can install retaining walls, add paving to your driveway, adjust the slope of your yard, and create pathways to manage water runoff and minimize the need for expensive repairs.
Landscaping adds value and makes your property more attractive. Think of it as good cologne: it’s noticeable (but may not be poignant) – until you don’t have it, and the bacteria in your underarms come to play! In the same vein, it’s advisable to keep your landscape in pristine condition because you never know; it might be the ‘cologne’ that seals the deal.