Can upgrading your landscaping increase your home value?  Research suggests that a carefully planned landscaping design can increase your home value by 5% to 15% over a home with no landscaping.  That can result in an increase of $16,500 to $45,000 on a $300,000 home.    It’s also important to consider that bad landscaping can decrease your home value by as much as 10%.  Money magazine estimated that while kitchen or bathroom remodels can recover almost 125%, a landscaping upgrade can bring up to a 200% return at selling time.

It can be quite easy to overlook your home’s landscape when you are busy upgrading the interior of your home.  Landscaping and curb appeal are critical parts of your home and the first thing potential buyers see.  Your landscaping can reflect what your home looks like on the inside so you will want to make a good impression.  Even if you are not putting your home on the market any time soon you may want to consider updating your curb appeal.  It’s a great way to add style and personality to your home.

While interior décor and design concepts regularly come in and out of style and your mechanical systems such as appliances, furnaces and hot water tanks can wear out over time; plants grow more robust and fuller as time passes keeping your landscaping upgrades on the positive.

Landscaping Designs 

When planning your landscape designs you need to take into consideration the elements of your yard, home, climate zone and the amount of time you want to invest in upkeep.

When you consider the aspects of landscaping, you are referring to two main elements, softscaping and hardscaping.  Softscaping refers to the addition of living materials into a landscape.  Items such as shrubs, flowers, trees and sod make up the elements of softscaping. 

Hardscaping refers to the addition of non-living materials into a landscape.  Items such as bark mulch, rocks, irrigation, drainage systems, wood, stone, metal and concrete make up the elements of hardscaping.  These elements can be patios, walkways, pergolas, decks, gazebos, lighting, outdoor kitchens or driveways.

A well-designed landscape incorporates a balance of the two as too much of one or the other may compromise your curb appeal.

Flowers, trees and shrubsFrom creating a beautiful array of plant colors and lush green grass to edible gardens, homeowners are more aware of the options that exist when installing gardens and softscapes that fit their needs.  Trees and shrubs can create ample privacy as well as shade in the warmer months.  The American Power Association estimates that effective landscaping can decrease heating bills in the long run.

Mulch and rocks.  Mulch and rocks are not something you want to overlook when creating a lasting impact on your curb appeal.  Mulch and rocks are used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and make the garden bed look more attractive.  They provide the finishing touch to any well-manicured lawn and softscaping.

Sod and grass.  Have you ever taken a drive and noticed a lush, green lawn? Just as a disease doesn’t grow in a healthy body, weeds don’t grow on a healthy lawn.  Having a lush, green, healthy and weed-free lawn will have a positive impact on your home value and highlight your curb appeal.

Drainage and irrigation.  Even with the best of intentions do you want to stand in your yard with a 500-foot hose watering your newly updated landscaping and yard?  Even the most sophisticated of you with the greenest of thumbs want to go on vacation or maybe eventually sell your home to someone who doesn’t want to spend hours on end watering a yard.  Consider installing an irrigation system for your landscaping to keep it lush and flourishing, great landscaping won’t hold it’s value if it isn’t maintained.