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 improve the value of a home?
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.
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.
Another way to increase the value of your home is to add a decking area, depending on the style of your home you could have a wrap around deck from front to back which could also be incorporated into an open porch, or if you prefer you could choose to have decking at the rear of your property which many home owners like as it extends their entertaining space and outdoor dining area. Once you’ve decided to opt for decking you then have the ability to choose what type of decking you would prefer, there is the traditional wood decking however more and more home owners are now opting for plastic decking, not only is it more eco friendly as a large number of decking frabricators use recycled plastic but there is also the added benefit of the upkeep, wooden decking will need treating every few years more or less depending on the climate where you live but with plastic decking the upkeep is a lot less hassle it’s definitely the option to choose if you want something user and eco friendly.
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 you improve the value of a home, give ABC Scapes a call at 602-404-0568.