Your home is your dearest investment. And, as the housing market turns softer, it’s important to realize that one of the best ways to increase your home’s value is through the high-quality garden and landscaping return on investment. This has been reported in many independent sources, including:
Landscaping can significantly increase your home’s value and selling price. And, it’s the one home improvement that actually appreciates over time as the landscaping matures.
Wall Street Journal
Landscaping gives you a recovery value of up to 200% on your investment—compared to a recovery value of just 75%-125% for a kitchen remodel and 80%-120% for a bathroom.
This Old House Magazine
Landscaping can increase the value of your property by as much as 20% if it is done well.
The Society of Real Estate Appraisers Survey
99% agree that good landscaping actually causes homes to sell more quickly.
Michigan State University study
High-quality, professional landscaping adds more value than almost any other home renovation.
Clemson University report
Quality, professional landscaping could increase the resale price of a home by up to 11.3% higher than its asking price.
Of course the return on investment is contingent upon the quality of the landscape installation. That’s why it’s important to find the right landscaping professional for your project, one who uses high quality materials and understands proper installation.
To this point, the Clemson University report cited above concluded that homeowners who want to increase the value of their property should safeguard their investment by hiring licensed, professional landscape contractors to perform the work.
In short, when done right, landscaping is an investment you can feel very good about in tough economic times like these.
First, it extends your living space, giving you added square footage with attractive “outdoor rooms” that you can enjoy today.
And it gives you the satisfaction of knowing that the time and money you’ve invested will increase the value of your greatest asset over the years to come.