Add up to 15% to the Value of Your Home – Instantly!

Posted on: September 18, 2014

Whether you’re buying a new home or selling one, there is one thing that concerns all homeowners, current and future: home value. Homeowners are hoping that their homes will appreciate in value, and may add features and renovations that add value. Sellers want to maximize the value of their home to get the best price when they sell. Whether you’re buying or selling, one thing to consider to instantly add up to 15% to the value of your home is: landscaping. A survey conducted by the Journal of Environmental Horticulture reveals that landscaping can increase the value of your home by anywhere from 5 to 15 percent.


The Study

A 2011 study examined research conducted by several different sources around the country. This study found that the change in value from no landscape to well-landscaped ranged dramatically, depending on the type of landscaping and the region. Landscaping improvements in Louisiana, for example, enhanced the home’s value by 5.5 percent, while the change in value for a well-landscaped home in South Carolina was 11.4 percent. The most significant improvement was in Michigan, where upgrading to well-valued landscape could increase home value by an average of 12.7 percent. Outliers range up to 15 percent.


What Features Add the Most Value

Sophistication of the landscape design was the most important factor in landscaping adding value to the home. The most sophisticated landscaping designs, featuring large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape was the most desirable. Plant size was also an important feature, while plant type was a third consideration.


So if you want to add value to your home by improving the landscaping, you’re going to want to go with a sophisticated design featuring large plants. A separate study found that many homeowners don’t understand the factors that go into creating a good landscape design, so if you want to get the most from your investment, you’ll be best served by hiring a professional landscaping company to provide your home with a sophisticated design.


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