Plants, pathways, flower bed border stones, and trees—most people view these landscaping features as purely aesthetic. Yet, all it takes is one episode of HGTV’s show “Curb Appeal” to show you the impact of landscaping on property values.
On the show, pros move in and work their magic to transform a dull-and-drab landscape into something magnificent. The difference in property value when the work is done is all-out awe-inspiring, some would say jaw-dropping. Does landscaping increase property values the way it does on TV? At ASI Landscape Management Services, we’d like to answer with a resounding Yes!
Does Landscaping Increase Property Value?
It absolutely does. In fact, some pros would say that property value and landscape can go hand-in-hand. John Gidding, which is the host of the aforementioned HGTV series, said in an interview with The Washington Post that he’s always been told good landscaping can yield a 150 percent boost in property value, but from his professional experience, property value increase can go far higher than that. He referenced one home that had experienced a $200,000 increase from a $20,000 investment in landscaping.
Other estimates online for how landscaping increases property value can be a little more conservative. There are claims of between 5 and 20 percent. Of course, the real ROI is going to come from how well the money spent on landscaping is utilized and if you are working with a good team of professional landscaping experts.
How Does Landscaping Affect Property Value?
So, we know that when it comes to landscaping property value can be enhanced, but why are the two so closely entwined? It all comes down to understanding what buyers see when they initially approach a home.
In a lot of ways, your landscaping is like the packaging for your property. If a home is wrapped in shoddy packaging, it is easy to assume the interior is a bit chintzy or not all that valuable. Likewise, a home wrapped in perfectly complementing packaging can be assumed to be something grand inside. Understanding this analogy helps property owners understand why things like neat mulching, well-manicured shrubbery, flowering plants, and hardscaping features can be such important implements to boost a home’s value. The more the landscaping looks like it belongs to valuable property, the higher those offers for the home can climb.
A Few Landscaping Ideas to Increase Property Value
It sounds complicated to design a landscape capable of adding thousands of dollars to a home’s value, but the transition does not have to be complex. It all comes down to using the right ideas and weaving these ideas into your landscape design in a way that will generate a return on your investment. We at ASI Landscape Management follow a shortlist to make sure clients reap the biggest increase in property value with the landscape.
Plant a Few Trees
Trees offer protection from the wind, provide shade from the hot Florida sun, and enhance the aesthetic appeal. According to at least one study, trees may even boost property value. Homes in a city in Oregon saw an average sales price increase of $8,870 if they had street-facing trees.
Match Landscaping to Architectural Design
Landscaping must match the style of your home, which sounds easier than it actually is. For example, if you have an eye for Asian-style landscape features like koi ponds and dwarf bonsai trees, you may find it difficult to see the harm in implementing these features if you have a ranch-style home. But the variance between the style of an Asian-inspired landscape and the exterior style of your home can be off-putting enough that the landscaping impacts property value for the worse.
Install an Irrigation System
Even though Florida offers a subtropical and tropical climate, there can be dry periods and situations when the plants you have need a bit more hydration. Installing an irrigation system is a responsible investment for the protection of your landscaping, but it is also an investment any prospective buyer would appreciate.
Keep Your Lawn Perfectly Manicured
Something as simple as overgrown grass can be detrimental to property values. If the owner of a property is not maintaining the grass, it is often assumed the owner is also neglecting other important maintenance tasks. If you struggle to keep your lawn mowed, edged, and aptly manicured, it is best to bring in a lawn maintenance service like ASI for assistance.
Install a Pathway That Induces Anticipation
It is the first thing people see when they approach a property: the pathway that leads into the front door. Just as the front door stands as the most impressive implement on the actual house, the pathway stands as the most impressive implement in the landscape. The pathway doesn’t just lead steps into the house; it is leading the eyes toward the front of the home before it is ever physically approached. Something like a cobblestone pathway is going to be far more impressive than a basic strip of gray concrete.
Reach Out to ASI Landscape Management for Advice On Property Value and Landscaping
To create a landscape design that is capable of improving property values, ASI Landscape Management works hand-in-hand with clients to achieve a common goal. With years of experience in both commercial and residential landscaping, we know the factors that are involved in both property value and landscaping. Our professional design team considers everything from the architecture of the home to the outlying setting to help clients choose and implement the most beneficial elements.
Thanks to the fact that we are a comprehensive landscape management service, we can offer everything from irrigation system installations to implementing the right type of plants that will thrive in the Florida weather. We know what works and what will yield the most attractive return on investment.
If you are looking to amp up your landscape to make your property more valuable, contact us to get our advice. We’ll work hard to envelop your property in landscaping with a purpose—landscaping that impacts property values for the better!