Television networks like HGTV thrive on the idea of “curb appeal.” Their goal is to share tips and tricks that will make all of your neighbors green with envy each time they pass your house. While curb appeal is crucial, the importance of landscaping goes far beyond the aesthetics. Landscaping not only creates an inviting and warm outdoor space, it can also add value to your home and allow your home to be more environmentally friendly.
Adding Value to Your Home
When people decide to sell their home, they often discuss the areas of the home that could benefit from some renovating. Sometimes they consider an updated kitchen or more modern light fixtures. However, the real secret to making a home more appealing is the landscaping. But exactly how much value does great quality landscaping add to your home?
On average, you can expect a 5-20% increase in overall home value from investing in your landscaping, with some reporting a higher increase. On the other hand, landscaping that has not been well maintained and groomed or is dull and drab can actually decrease the value of your home. Ultimately, quality landscaping leads to a more priceless home.
Making Your Home More Environmentally Friendly
A strategically, well-planned landscape design can end up saving you money and allow your home to use less energy. The most common way to accomplish these tasks with landscaping is by placing trees in specific locations, such as in front of large windows or on the side of your house that receives the most sunlight. By placing trees in these areas, you reap all the benefits of the shade. The shading will make the space in your home cooler by removing all the direct sunlight. This eliminates the need to constantly run the air conditioner.
Feeling at Home
Because your yard is an extension of your home, it should be designed with the same care and precision as the space inside your walls. A yard that has an inviting landscaping will allow you and your guests to feel more at home. It creates a space that people want to use, whether it be for small family dinners or large gatherings. You and your guests will still feel at home even though you have stepped outside of your actual house.
Let LawnMore Help
Lawn care experts say that you should invest 10% of your home’s total value into your landscaping. This is the rule of thumb to maintain great and affordable curb appeal and have a space that you want to enjoy. At LawnMore, our goal is to make sure our customers’ landscaping projects are valuable and worthwhile investments. Our team is passionate about creating a landscape to meet, or exceed, all your personal needs. Contact us today so we can start designing your new landscape!