Whether you are looking to add curb appeal to sell your home in the near future, or just beautify your outdoor space, landscaping projects can add significant value to your home. Well-planned landscape improvements can turn your yard into one of your home’s greatest assets. Find out which projects add the most value to your home and give you the most bang for your buck as a homeowner.
The ROI of landscaping can vary depending on the project; Some real estate experts say that smart landscape design can give a return on investment of 200-400% and landscape economist John Harris says that keeping up with your homes landscape and gardens can contribute up to 28% of your home’s overall value. When considering landscape upgrades to your property, it’s important to consider projects that are not only beneficial to you and your family, but also that will provide you with the greatest return on investment.
Clean Up Your Lawn
Focus on your lawn first. Any dead spots or areas that are overgrown should be attended to, so your property looks well taken care of. Mulching and edging will do wonders to give your lawn a sharp, well-manicured look. Investing in a year-round fertilization and lawn care program will keep your lawn weed-free, fix any current areas of concern and prevent small problems from becoming serious issues.
Landscape Design & Plant Selection
A study by the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture found that plant size and design sophistication were the two factors that contributed most to a home’s value. The study reports that foundation plantings along with one or two well-designed points of interest can increase a home’s value by up to 42 percent. Consulting a landscape expert is best for a well thought out design that will ensure maximum return on your investment.
Mature trees can add anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 to the value of your home.
If you are a new homeowner, planting small trees now is a great investment in the long run because as the trees mature they will add value to your property.
Planting trees will also give you natural shade and protection from the sun, which helps lower energy costs. Choose trees that will thrive in your climate to ensure the best ROI possible.
Plan for A Patio
Summers in Upstate New York are meant to be spent outside! A well-built and well-designed patio is one of the best additions you can make to your backyard, both for your personal pleasure now and for resale value later. The extended living space has a return on investment of 102 percent and is a highly desired feature. A qualified landscape designer will help you design the perfect patio for your needs, considering your budget, lawn size, space for pets and children, and more.
Build a Fire Pit
Any hardscape that increases the livable, usable space is a wise investment. While having a patio built, consider having a fire pit installed as well. Fire pits are a highly desired amenity for many potential home buyers; A well-built fire pit will last for years and allow you to enjoy outdoor space in the chilly spring and fall seasons.
Working with A Landscaping Company
When adding landscaping to your home, quality is just as important as appearance. Working with an experienced landscaping company can make all the difference.
The Grasshopper Gardens team will advise you on the landscaping projects that will provide the biggest return on your investment. We’ll also create a master plan with a timeline that works for you. We know the best features to make your home look beautiful and add value! Get in touch with us today to start discussing your next project and receive a free quote.