Can Landscaping Add Value to My Home?

People typically embark on home renovation projects with a mind toward increasing the value of their home for resale purposes. However, while changes to your home’s structure can depreciate through the years, landscaping improvements increase in value over time.

The initial cost of installing plant material is directly proportional to the size and age of the plant.

Think of planting a small tree for around $80. As that tree matures over time and grows to 30 feet becoming a major lawn feature, its value (replacement cost) can grow to more than $1,000.

If instant gratification is not an issue, there is tremendous value in installing well-planned, good-quality plant material to reap its value as the landscaping matures.

The American Society of Landscape Architects suggests that property owners spend about 5 to 10 percent of the home’s value on landscaping. This, of course, includes the cost of cultivating the gardens and installing plants, as well as hardscape features such as patios, lighting, arbors, paths and water features.

Why You Need a Landscaping Plan

Given the magnitude of such an investment, homeowners should probably consider investing in a landscape plan. New homeowners typically set aside a budget for home improvements and renovations.

Landscaping, however, often is saved for “down the road,” but smart planning can take years to implement.

Therefore, it's beneficial to have a professional evaluate the landscape, develop a master plan and provide advice on how to stage changes to the property at the very outset.

Ignorance about health and viability of mature trees on the property can have very costly and devastating effects, as terrible storms have demonstrated.</