Few things say “There’s no place like home” like a stately tree in the front yard or a manicured flower bed and vegetable garden in the back. Landscaping can add life and color and a vibrant eco-system to coalesce around your home. Did you know that it can also make your home more valuable?
At ABC Scapes, our professional landscapers are dedicated to making our client’s homes look their absolute best. And we’ve seen how it can pay off in the long run, too. A home with a well-groomed landscape will sell faster and for greater value than a home that doesn’t put any tender loving care into its landscape. If you’re wondering how landscaping can improve the value of your home, here are three ways that having a green thumb can help you make more greenbacks.
When real estate agents talk about “curb appeal”, what they’re talking about is first impressions. What kind of first impression does your home make? It’s more important than you might think. We’ve all heard that old saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but the truth is we do it all the time. If your home is a book, your landscaping is its cover. It’s the first thing people see about your home.
Having a beautiful, well-kept landscape says a lot about you and your home. Not only does it spotlight some of your home’s best attributes, it also sends a reassuring message to prospective homebuyers. A clean and carefully designed landscape will make people think that the inside of the house will also be just as organized and put together. If people see withered, unhealthy plants scattered haphazardly in front of your house, it won’t matter that the inside of your house is tasteful and lovely because they’ll probably move on to the next house. If the cover looks bad, they won’t bother to open the book.
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Landscaping doesn’t just add aesthetic appeal to your home. With the right choice of plants and the proper placement, they can also add functional value to your home! A well-placed tree can offer shade in the summer and help keep your house. Trees can also serve as windbreaks that can keep your home warm during the winter. Not only would these trees increase your home’s resale value, they would be saving you money right now by affecting your heating bills! As an added bonus, trees are great for absorbing and managing storm water runoff.
If you landscape to make your home more attractive to birds and butterflies and other local wildlife, your home could become eligible to be a Certified Wildlife Habitat. These certifications also add value to your home, which is a nice bonus in addition to all the life and color and beauty that having wildlife integrated into your landscape would bring. And if you add outdoor lighting to your landscaping, not only are you adding in an item that is in high demand from house buyers. You are also making your house safer by creating a deterrent for home invaders, you’re helping prevent slips and falls and you’re also spotlighting some of your home’s best attributes.
Landscaping doesn’t depreciate
One advantage that landscaping has over other factors that add value to your home isn’t that it actually becomes more valuable over the years. You can add in new mechanical systems in your home. Or you can redo the interior decor and design and those changes can all add value to your home. The downside, however, is that style trends change and technology can quickly become obsolete. So those changes may not pay off down the line. This is where landscaping has the edge. Your plants will grow into maturity and become more robust and beautiful looking over time. A state of the art sound system could be old news in ten years. While a fruit tree planted over the same time period would be gaining even more value.
To find out more about how we can help beautify and add value to your home, give ABC Scapes a call at 602-404-0568.