There is an old saying that first impressions count and the first thing people will see when they arrive at your home is your garden. A well designed landscape can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property; in fact, landscaping is one of the few home improvements you can undertake that not only immediately adds value, but actually increases in value over time.
According to landscape economist John Harris, good landscaping can add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. And according to a research paper by Clemson University Professor Mark S. Henry, even taking your landscaping and gardening efforts from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ could add significant value to your home – at least 6-7%.
However, poor design or implementation can lead to loss of value and or detract potential buyers. A common mistake people make is forgetting that plants grow and can block the sun making your home cold and dark. To maximise the value of your property you need to have a well designed landscaped garden that will match your home, maximise the space and create a haven for the people who live in the home.