Not sure whether landscape and hardscape improvements will add value to your home? The answer is YES! Landscape and Hardscape improvements add value to your home. A recent study conducted by Clemson University found that landscape and hardscape improvements can result in over a 100% return. According to Clemson University’s Mark S. Henry “For homes with the same square footage and other house characteristics, selling prices were 6% to 7% higher if landscaping quality was judged excellent rather than good. The price premium obtained by upgrading landscaping from average to good was approximately 4% to 5%”. What does this mean for homeowners? Quality landscaping and hardscaping adds value to your home and can ultimately help with future resale as the home with the better curb appeal and landscaping will, in the end, sell faster than the same style and size home lacking curb appeal and landscaping.
Other benefits of Landscapeing and Hardscaping…
Set aside the fact that landscape and hardscape improvements increase the value of your home, they also add non-monetary value to a home as well. Landscape and hardscape improvements can add the following benefits as well:
- Lower noise pollution
- Reduce crime
- Lower heating and cooling costs
- Improves the appearance of property
- Blocks unsightly views
- Provides added living space
- Increases the use of outdoor spaces
The key to the best return on investment for landscape and hardscape improvements is hiring a professional to design and make the improvements. Heading to the local home improvement store and purchasing $4000 of plants and planting them around your property doesn’t mean that you will get that money back. Design and placement is important to the aesthetics of design as well as to the health and longevity of landscape and hardscape improvements. Finding the right landscape/hardscape designer/contractor and the use of high quality plants and materials is an important factor in getting the best return on your investment.
Interested in upping your property value with landscape or hardscape? Contact Artistic Hardscape Inc for a consultation.
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Henry, M.S. (1999). Landscape Quality and the Price of Single Family Houses: Further Evidence from Home Sales in Greenville, South Carolina. http://actrees.org/files/Research/landscaping_house_prices.pdf
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