Top 5 Landscaping Tips to Increase Property Value

Posted on Aug 4 2015 - 10:44am by Housecall

Contributed by Rick Ryan

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 4, 2015. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest.

Landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase your property’s value quickly. In fact, a gorgeous landscape design can increase the value of your home by at least 5 to 11 percent—and maybe more. The best part about landscaping is that even though it’s one of the most valuable home improvements you can make, it’s also one of the easiest. If you’re wondering how to turn your landscape into one of your home’s most valuable assets, here are some tips to get you started.

1. Match Landscape to Your Home’s Style

The best way to get an excellent return on investment with landscaping is to make sure it fits with your home’s style. For instance, if you own a Victorian home, a Japanese garden will be sorely out of place and may even lower your home’s value rather than add to it. In this instance, you’re much better off with a country or cottage-style landscape that blends in with the old-fashioned formality of your home.

The same holds true for more modern home styles, such as the prairie or industrial style. If your home falls into one of these categories, you’ll want to stay away from square, formal gardens or a profusion of airy blooms. Instead, create a more modern landscape by relying on plenty of greenery and natural-looking beds that fit the contours of your property.

2. Design With a Strategy in Mind

You’ll need to have a good strategy. That means you shouldn’t clutter the entire yard with various high-maintenance plantings, but you also shouldn’t have plain grass with no landscaping. A study by the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture found that a good foundation planting along with a couple of well-designed points of interest can increase your home’s value by up to 42 percent.

By that same token, you should encourage diversity among your plantings without taking it too far. The ideal landscape has a good mixture of shrubs and perennials, but it doesn’t have one of every kind of plant that you can find at the garden center. Instead, it has a uniform look with just enough diversity to make it interesting, but not so little that it becomes boring.

3. Achieve Seasonal Balance

A profusion of spring blooms won’t interest potential buyers who look at your home during other parts of the year. Think about ways to make your landscape attractive all year — blooming bulbs for spring, annual beds around the house during the summer, shrubs with brightly colored leaves in the fall, and evergreens for the winter. Even though most buyers will be looking at your home during one season, they’ll notice the balance you’ve created and they’ll think about how beautiful the home will be as the seasons change.

Related Link: 7 Exterior Home Improvements That Increase Resale Value

4. Plant Trees

A few simple trees can make an enormous difference to the sale price of your home. In one study, simply living on a tree-lined street added between 10 to 15 percent to the sale price compared to neighborhoods with fewer trees. So why are trees worth so much? Trees remove carbon dioxide and pollution from the air, so people view them as an eco-friendly option. The shade helps keep neighborhoods and homes cooler and more pleasant, which in turn cuts air conditioning costs. Trees are also a stress reliever — people enjoy relaxing in their shade or gazing at the leafy view.

5. Edge Your Lawn

Few things look nicer than a healthy, vibrant, carefully maintained lawn — except for a lawn that is all of those things and neatly edged. The confined look of an edged lawn gives it an easy-to-maintain look. In other words, no weed whipping or weeding required.

Edging along driveways, sidewalks and garden beds also shows prospective buyers how meticulous you have been concerning the property’s upkeep. They’ll know that if you’re willing to keep the edges of your yard looking nice, the rest of the property is likely in pristine condition, too.

Of all improvements to boost home value, landscape is one that will get you the largest return on your investment.  Just make sure that you design your landscape with a plan, and don’t let that design become so complex that the mere thought of all the maintenance chases away your buyers.

Rick Ryan is the president and owner of All Valley Landscaping. Rick is a certified expert in the construction industry, with more than 21 years of experience in landscape renovations, yard renovations and exterior home, tree trimming and removal services and sprinkler repair and installations.

20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kay Earp August 6, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Levity of 8 Real estate Cat Memes to Live By is adorable and timely and correct!! I can relate to each one!

  2. Daniel August 16, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I would have never thought of adding trees to increase value, but it makes sense! I bet the value increase is far greater than the actual cost of adding the tree/trees so it seems like a no brainer.

  3. Aaron October 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I found this article useful. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

    Aaron Robertson

  4. James August 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed your section on designing your landscape to the style of your home. I see so often people try to build their lawn to what they think is best when some of the things they do doesn’t always match their home. I loved what you had to say about using your landscape to increase the value of your property and how matching your landscape to your home style can help. Great post!

  5. Bob October 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hey Rick, great article. I just have one recommendation. I own a tree service and I have found that a lot of people plant their trees too close to the house and driveway. We end up cutting them down when they get big, what a sham. So hey if anyone is thinking of planting some trees make sure you plant them away from the house.

  6. joe p July 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Some of these tips are simple, but they make so much sense! Thanks for the info!

  7. Eric October 3, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Be sure to design your landscape with a plan, and do not let the design become so complicated that it only thinks of all the treatments that run your buyers.

  8. Phil October 4, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    For landscaping I believe its important to keep a clean concrete and brick. Pressure washing is my favorite tool for that.

  9. Davey January 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I have been called in on many landscaping jobs to help create balance among the trees. You want to trim them in such a way that you create symmetry up high, then continue that down low with plants and smaller trees. Just my 5 cents of advice.

  10. will May 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Trees are always a great way to grab attention! Thanks so much for the awesome advice.

  11. will May 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I found this SO interesting. I had know idea that lanscape was this important when it came to property value.

  12. Ryan June 7, 2019 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Tip number 3 is probably the best on the list. Making sure your home looks good in whatever season feels like you’re going the extra mile, but the effort is going to be totally worth it. Thanks for being a champ and adding ideas on what to add to the landscape design for a specific season.

    Great post. Enjoyed it a lot.

  13. Ap June 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Very helpful. Like the edging comment and always agree when I see everything neat and with clean edges. Thanks.

  14. Ralph June 10, 2019 at 9:19 am - Reply

    TREES! Just love them. Planted in the right spaces giving thought to placement regarding the sun for shade, growth size for the space you are planting in and using native species are smart considerations when planting also. I live in Florida and native trees hold up well in storms and thrive in the environment. One hundred year old Live Oak trees with Spanish moss and Sable Palms (Florida’s State Tree) are wonderful long term solutions.

  15. Giulia June 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    I think tip number one makes perfect sense! It’s also a great way to start without feeling too overwhelmed. Can’t wait to start sprucing up my property with these tips. 🙂

  16. Giulia June 12, 2019 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Love how you included edging to the tips. An edged lawn can easily make your place look super sophisticated. Great tips all in all. 🙂

  17. West Jordan Landscaping Service June 17, 2019 at 1:59 am - Reply

    We are just starting our landscaping business and I came across this article.

    I found point 3 and 5 extremely helpful. It’s essential to maintain seasonal balance to uphold if not raise your properties value.

    Being strategic with your flowers is super helpful to know in order to keep a lawn beautiful year round.

    Point 5 is super important of course as it keeps your lawn pretty and neat.

    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Logan Meldrum July 6, 2019 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    We recently started a local landscaping service and have been looking for as much help as possible. I live in Utah where the change in seasons is quite drastic so tips 2 and 3 really apply to where we live. Great article!
    Thanks a ton!

  19. Cache Valley Landscaping August 15, 2019 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Great tips and advise on here. We have always used the best edgers we can find because having a clean line really does make all the difference. Good content!

  20. Michael August 29, 2019 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Many home owners really skip the edging because of the time it takes but I agree that shows prospective buyers you are concerned on the upkeep on the property and you also care about the look of the landscaping for the neighborhood as whole. Thanks for a great article.

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