Landscaping provides beauty and enhances the look and feel of our homes. It is the first thing you see, gives a home curb appeal, and adds a sense of place and value. But did you know...
Landscaping can add up to 15% to a home's overall value.
Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 - 7% higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping. Improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can result in a 4 - 5% increase.
Landscaping can bring a recovery value of between 100% and 200% at selling time. By comparison, kitchen remodeling brings a 75 - 125% recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 - 120 % recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 - 50% recovery rate.
Proper landscaping protects water quality by reducing nitrate leaching from the soil into the water supply.
Landscape plantings reduce surface water runoff, keep phosphorus and other pollutants out of our waterways and prevent septic system overload.
Landscaping reduces soil erosion by helping to hold soil in place, which in turn keeps sediment out of lakes, streams, storm drains, and roads.
Landscape plants, including shrubs and turf, remove smoke, dust, and other pollutants from the air.
Landscaping conserves natural resources - homes with evergreen windbreaks have less winter heat loss and are generally warmer than homes without such protection. By using landscaping to modify temperatures and protect against wind, the amount of fossil fuels used for cooling and heating is reduced.
According to the Wall Street Journal, landscape investments are recovered fully, and sometimes doubled, via increasing real estate values.
According to a recent study, 95% of the members of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers concur that landscaping adds to the dollar value of real estate, while 99% said that landscaping enhances property's "sales appeal," increasing the actual speed of the sale.