Landscape Add Value to Your Property

Invest in landscaping

Landscaping your front yard can increase your property's value by up to 20 per cent.

I divide home buyers/owners into three broad categories. This is simply done in order to help the buyer make appropriate landscaping decisions for their property.

Category one is the flipper. The flipper has no intention of living in the house but is running a business. Curb appeal is what counts here and the installation of a small annual garden, with perhaps a few fragrant perennials; near the front door can do the job. Annuals allow you to pick plant colours that best suit the house.

Category two is the starter home. You are buying your first home and plan to live there until you family gets too big for the house or you simply want to move on up. You can still work with annuals to provide seasonal colour but want to give more thought to perennials and specimen plants. You can think about roses and lilacs, for example.

Category three is the permanent home. You have no plans to move, period. Now you can get serious, annuals, perennials and specimen plants will all play their role and it all depends now on you. Are you a gardener and by that I mean to you enjoy spending time in the garden?

The first question you need to answer before beginning a front yard landscaping project is how long to you plan to live in this home?

Is it a starter home? Are you looking for a quick resale or is there where you and your family will live permanently?

Next how much time do you have to maintain that garden? A poorly designed and cared for yard will not enhance your property and will certainly lose you points on curb appeal.

The answers to these questions can determine your approach.

If you are settling in for the long run then ask yourself this: How do we use the front yard? BBQs and other family and friends get-togethers usually take place out back. The back yard is where the children play.

The front yard is frequently for display. It is the face you show the neighbours and others who drive and walk by.

If you are planning to sell, the front yard is what prospective buyers see first. First impressions are lasting impressions. What the buyers see as they drive up will influence how they view the interior.

Create a good first impression.

Now before you create your landscaping plan you need to decide the following:

How much sun and shade does the yard receive. The answer will determine your plant choices. The right plant, right place philosophy is a good guide to successful landscaping.

How much time to you have for maintenance? Do you enjoy cutting the lawn? If not consider reducing the amount of space that you devote to lawn. Replace grass with a rock garden, shrub or tree.

Do you want to have a different effect each spring and summer? Annuals allow you to change the look each year and provide colour throughout the seasons.

Are you interested in a naturalized look? Then native plants are what you need. What grows where you live? Visit a local nursery and talk with the experts.

Is fragrance an element you wish to include? Many herbs add beauty and fragrance to your garden. A rose bush or two may be just what you need. Buy quality.

How much time do you have to tend to the garden? If your free time is at a premium then low maintenance perennials may be the answer.

Landscaping is an investment and one that can pay sound returns no matter which category you belong in, so take the time and craft a plan that works for you now and in the future.

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firefly07 8 years ago from UK

great hub and lots of good tips


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

thanks.


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Veronica 8 years ago from NY

Great Hub. Lots of very logical tips to take you through the decisions, like sun, and use, and time. I'm in that third category, in a house we plan to live in for the next 20 years until retirement.

One other thing I have to consider is animals. We get deer, moles, ground hogs, and rabbits. Plus, I am highly sensitive to poison ivy (hospitalized a few times a year over it) and have actually broken out from touching other plants that must have caught a few airborne microscopic particles of the oil. The most frustrating thing for me in my garden is not being able to control my neighbor's gardens.

I'm really enjoying your hubs. Thanks for sharing your expertise.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks Veronica for your kind words, neighbours may be the most difficult element to manage. :-)


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I would like to have a shaded garden like that. Would be nice to spend time there to watch so much green beside the house. I feel without a garden, a house is like a skeleton.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I agree cgull, a house is incomplete without a garden.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Loads of good ideas for upgrading home thanks Bob.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks Eileen


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Angela Harris 8 years ago from Around the USA

I really want to start serious landscaping around my house. The problem is that I don't know how long I'll be here. I think I'll take the middle road and not spend a small fortune on landscaping, but still include some of my favorites.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

A small investment of time and a little money can make a big change.


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Designer 8 years ago

Some good points from a real estate/home buyers point of view I never considered. It's good to go over as many considerations as you can before creating a plan. Some good things to think about. Thanks.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Yoou are welcome.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome.


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Great hub. I am living in the house I grew up in now, and having fun making changes to the gardens- leaving things that my dad planted and adding some of my own touches.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

thanks, that would be fun, incorporating your ideas in with your father's.


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jim10 8 years ago from ma

This hub was very useful. I just fixed up my front yard some. We just moved in last summer and had to do a lot inside. I got some plants like Hostas and Bleeding hearts from my and I think they will look great as they get bigger.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

thanks, both hostas an bleeding hearts are great plants.


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AndyBaker 7 years ago from UK

Wow - 20%?!?

Thats a huge increase - great tip.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

The % depends upon the work done but a lttle can go far, thanks for dropping by.


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Stagerssource 7 years ago from Toronto

Just come across this article, well thought out and very informative


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks and thanks for dropping by


Landscape Supplies Brisbane 6 years ago

Landscaping truly increases the value of your property especially when the landscaping is done through proper planning, good design and proper implementation of the project.

The value of the property does not only increase in monetary terms but the ambiance of the property also gets a face lift.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

A well designed landscape is a win-win situation.


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Investor Dean 6 years ago

A very good hub. I put many of these ideas into pratice when I am selling a property. The same old saying... first impressions count.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

First impressions are powerful, thanks for comment.


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

One of my favorite shows is "curb appeal" they go into a neighborhood and find the worst looking house and give it a extreme landscape makeover and they even will do some miner makeovers for the other houses too, afterwards it really makes such a difference. The value of the whole area is improved.

I was surprised to see how much better a house looks when the weeds are removed and nice plants and ground cover is added. So if someone trying to sell their home can afford to have some specialist come and make their yard look pretty, it sure is worth it.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It is indeed a good investment.


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PondWorld 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

Finally, someone who understands the importance of your outdoor yard in your home's value! Great hub!

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