The addition of good landscaping to a home increases not only the home’s beauty, but also the property value as well as many other benefits. Too often, homeowners miss the opportunity to increase security, fiscal savings, home value, curb appeal, and the personal pleasure they could gain by constructing and maintaining a well planned landscape for their property.
Often, property owners aren’t aware that insurance companies place sizable monetary value on well designed landscaping. Insurance underwriters take into consideration the increase in home security and safety that can be obtained through landscaping. By including lighting, placing thorny evergreen shrubs under windows, and using other landscape elements, property break-ins are discouraged and reduced. Good landscape design and implementation also increases the homeowner’s physical safety by reducing areas that are high accident zones. Professionally designed landscaping adds safety and security while increasing function and beauty.
Professional landscaping design takes into consideration function as well as beauty; therefore, the placement of shrubs and trees is planned not only for aesthetics, but also to aid in the reduction of heating, cooling and electricity costs. By placing shrubs and trees for shade and wind blocks, implementing water features and bringing native plants into the landscaping design, the homeowner is aided in reducing energy use and increasing financial savings.
There are two areas of financial value that a home has; property value and resale value; both are increased by landscaping. By increasing the attractiveness, safety, security and energy savings through landscaping, a home’s property values are increased. A property owner can achieve up to a 25 percent increase in property value by investing in well designed and implemented landscaping. The investment made in professional and well designed landscaping will gain the homeowner even greater earnings at resale when up to 200 percent of the original investment can achieved. Attractive and well maintained landscaping also aids in a faster resale of properties even in slow markets, proving that landscaping is as much a financial investment in a home as an addition of beauty.
The initial impression that a property creates is called the curb appeal and landscaping is a primary source of that impression. The existence and condition of a home’s landscaping will often set a lasting image of the property. When a property has landscaping that is both well maintained and attractive it creates the impression that the home is also well maintained and therefore valuable. By the same token, a property that has non-existent or un-maintained landscaping will be viewed as being neglected. Prospective buyers will consider the home to be not only unkempt, but damaged and deteriorating.
A home’s landscaping isn’t only about curb appeal, security, financial savings and property values; the most important purpose is to increase the enjoyment and fulfillment a homeowner has in their home. Well designed landscaping will open the home to the outdoors; increase the use of the property and the joy of the homeowner. A building is mere walls, floors and roof but a home is much more; and landscaping aids in turning that building into a home.
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