Increase the Value of Your Home with Landscaping

18 November 2014

First impressions are extremely important. When buying a home, the very first thing people see is the landscaping. What is more, a well-planned design will add immense value to your property. As a matter of fact, quality landscaping adds immediate value and increases in worth yearly as the plants fully mature.

According to many reports, quality landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a home. Upgrading from good to excellent in design and arrangement will make a huge impact on your home’s value.

PLANNING

Improving your homes landscape requires special planning. A qualified and experienced landscaper will have proper knowledge to make use of your current landscape and ensure that your plan has certain essentials.

There are various elements that can be added to create the ideal landscape that is tasteful, attractive and cost effective. Here are a few essential elements to keep in mind when designing your landscape:

TREES

Trees are one of the most important elements for quality landscaping. Trees add value to your property, cool your home, act as a windbreaker to reduce heating costs and shade your home which lowers cooling expenses. They also provide food for wildlife and will recharge your ground water supply. As well, planting trees in your landscape can result in less runoff and erosion.

NATIVE PLANTS

Aside from trees, native plants or shrubs are a great addition to a quality landscape. For one, indigenous or native plants balance the landscape with the environment. As well, they flourish without surplus maintenance.

If you are not familiar with what plants are best or where you should plant them, a local landscape expert can help with your plans. Additionally, native plants will complete a well-designed landscape with added value.

WALKWAYS

A walkway is the entrance of your home and welcomes guests and visitors. It is not very pleasing when a visitor has to walk through wet grass or mud to get to your doorway. Therefore it is vital that your landscape include a suitable and nice looking walkway.

When it comes to walkways there are various options such as natural stones and concrete or brick paving. Depending on your budget, you can either lay stepping stones with grass between or install a nice solid stone walkway. A natural stone pathway blends in well with the environment and withstands harsh elements like the baking sun or freezing temperatures. Concrete or brick paving comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. In fact, the shapes and colors are boundless and are versatile to your needs. Walkway pavers are also durable, versatile and very reasonably priced.

RETAINING WALLS

Retaining wall are a great way to aesthetics your landscape plus control erosion and surface runoff. If they are constructed properly they can withstand quite a bit of weight. Moreover, a retaining wall can restrain erosion and water runoff for numerous years without needing maintenance.

Adding a retaining wall is an affordable way to increase the value of your home. It also increases versatility to the area around your landscape. For instance, a retaining wall can separate a neighboring house or your vegetable and flower gardens.

Retaining walls come in a wide variety of choices. You can choose from numerous types of materials such as rocks or bricks. There are also different techniques such as a traditional stone and mortar wall, a dry stack wall (without mortar) and a gabion wall (fit to shape using mesh).

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