Flowering trees, stone walkways, a bubbling fountain…we all remember seeing a particular property at one time or another that absolutely took our breath away. Whether a residence or a business, there is undoubtedly a common denominator in what made that property unforgettable. What is it? The answer comes from the world of landscape design and outdoor living spaces.
Attractive landscaping, particularly with outdoor living spaces, is a key factor in making property irresistible and eye-catching. But to landscape on your own can be a daunting task. One way to achieve the look of your dreams is to use a landscape professional. If you’re not sold on aesthetics, here are some financial reasons why you should consider a landscaping company for your property, especially when you are thinking of working on your outdoor living spaces.
Impact on Property Value
Beautiful landscaping is commonly referred to as curb appeal. Curb appeal isn’t just a pretty face. It also is a highly specialized sector, with appealing financial benefits to make your bank account happy. At selling time, according to Money Magazine, landscape design can impact a property with a recovery value of 100 to 200%. And, “excellent” landscaping in a residential home can generate a sale price about 6 to 7% higher than “good” landscaping in a comparable home, according to a study conducted by Clemson University.
Impact on Turnaround Sale Time
In a hurry to sell? A building’s sale can be moved up by as much as six weeks thanks to attractive landscaping and the addition of outdoor living spaces. Additional landscape features such as plantings, fire pits, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, high end outdoor lighting, ponds, and waterfalls also add to the overall resale value of a property.
Impact on Energy Savings Costs
Savings of up to 30% on heating bills in homes with energy-efficient landscaping have been reported by the US Dept. of Energy. Another significant impact on energy bills are dense trees. By blocking up to 95% of sunlight and 75% of the sun’s heat, trees help keep energy costs down. And what about air-conditioning costs? For an unshaded home, summer costs can be reduced by 15% to 50% by the presence of trees.
Who can help me design my landscaping?
The value of a home lies with more than just the interior. The way the home looks on the outside can also affect curb appeal as well as the market value. This also includes the lawn and landscape and other outdoor elements of the property as well. The use of exterior tile and stone in the home’s exterior or in hardscape elements such a patios, walkways, and garden accents can also create a breath-taking look and feel for your home. Many landscaping companies have contractors who are skilled and experienced in a range of backyard design services. These individuals can help you design and create and maintain a lawn and landscape that is just right for your home. Whether you use a backyard landscaping app to play around with some ideas before getting the pros involved, or you rely on the contractors to create a landscape plan for you, the possibilities are nearly endless. A quick online search and show you a listing of local landscape and garden experts who can assist you with any aspect of lawn and garden care.
In conclusion, while it’s exciting to embark upon a landscape project to beautify your property and add outdoor living spaces, as well as how fantastic it is to save money, it is most important–even imperative–to have the work done by a qualified professional landscaping service. Remember, upkeep is an ongoing process, and you will be glad you decided to turn the reins of your landscaping project over to a landscape professional who will come back and keep the property looking as fresh and fantastic as they day they finished the job.