Are you feeling like your home and yard look a little “blah”? Has a realtor told you that your house needs a facelift or some added value? Even if you’re not considering reselling your home in the near future, having beautiful landscaping can provide you and many others many benefits and hours of enjoyment. It can even help the neighborhood you live in increase in value. A well kept home and yard signal security, a certain level of financial prosperity, and the type of people who are engaged in their community enough to keep things looking nice. These are all aspects that potential home buyers certainly keep in mind when reviewing homes. There’s not a standard when it comes to what constitutes “beautiful landscaping” — depending on your tastes, your yard could look very different from your neighbor’s! However, experienced landscapers will be able to take your vision and make it look as elegant and comfortable as possible.
Why Is Landscaping So Important?
Big Return on Investment
Even though you may have no conceivable plans of leaving your house in the near future, things happen! Many studies have shown that having really beautiful landscaping can make a big difference in how much your house sells for and even how quickly. Even if you sink money into your property, Money Magazine suggests that you could get a recovery value of 100-200% when you sell. Clemson University also released a study showing that homes that had “excellent” landscaping could bump up the sale price of your home by between 6 to 7% as compared to houses that had just “good” landscaping. Additionally, having landscaping in general could help push a sale along by as much as six weeks!
Reduce Your Bills!
If you’re looking to help reduce heating or cooling bills, having landscaping can help with that too! Having trees to shade your house can cut your air conditioning bills anywhere from 15-50%! Really dense trees can eliminate around 95% of the sunlight hitting a home and 75% of the heat, helping save on cooling bills as well. Additionally, the US Department of Energy reports that if you specifically create energy-efficient landscaping, you could wind up saving as much as 30% on heating costs.
Pleasurable For You
If you have a lot of street noise, trees can help reduce that as well. The US Environmental Protection Agency has remarked that trees can reduce irritating noise by as much as 50% and create pleasant sounds in place of the bothersome ones. Additionally, beautiful landscaping will make your yard a place you want to be. Friends and family will enjoy being entertained outdoors or enjoying the natural beauty.
I’m Not Sure What I Want. Where Can I Look at Landscaping Ideas?
Beautiful landscaping ideas abound if you’re stuck for ideas! If you simply don’t even know the style you might want, try looking on some design websites or landscaping magazines for starter ideas. Once you’ve hired a landscaper, you can bounce ideas off him or her. They may be able to suggest unique, creative touches that will really bring your yard to its fullest potential. They may even draw up a plan to show you that you can approve and tweak yourself. Their experience in the field and creative eye will be instrumental to helping you pull it all together.
Do I Have to Do It All Myself?
No, of course not! If you’re planting a flower or herb garden or a couple of trees, that’s one thing, but if you’re embarking on a much longer landscaping adventure, you’ll certainly want to call a landscaper for help. This is especially true if you’re adding a patio area or are adding outdoor structures. In some cases, you may be able to get hands on with your landscaping project, but in other cases, it’s better to just move aside and let the professionals take care of it.
There are many reasons why you should start thinking about investing some of your resources in creating a beautiful landscape design. It’ll benefit not only you, but your community, your bills, and the value of your home.