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Does Landscaping Increase Home Value?

Landscaping is more than what plants surround your home. A home with a patio or water feature may make it feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury, but does that investment reflect positively on the value of your home?

How much does landscaping add to my home’s value?

According to a 2018 study by Virginia Tech, homes with great landscape design net a “significant price advantage” over homes without landscaping. Landscaping can make or break the appeal of your home--it can not only increase curb appeal but can actually increase the value of your home by up to 15 percent! Consider investing in some of these high-value features to add to the value of your home:

  • Wooden deck
  • Low-maintenance lawn
  • Well-designed irrigation system
  • Exterior lighting

Design Choices That Harm Your Home’s Value

Good landscape design boosts your home’s value, but bad design can actually harm your home’s value! One overarching mistake homeowners make when it comes to designing their landscape is not creating or following any set plan. So planning a great landscape is clearly the solution, right? However, there are many things that can create discord in your yard.

  • Too many trees - Lack of open space for children to play in is a deterrent for families with children. Additionally, a lot of trees in a close space creates greater opportunity for storm damage from falling limbs.
  • Koi ponds - Once a signifier of extravagance, koi ponds now represent a significant source of upkeep. Ponds and other standing water features require maintenance and can attract pests such as mosquitoes if left unkempt.
  • Poor lighting - Exterior lighting is a major component of home security—a home that is dark at night or has poorly spaced lighting is less enticing to buyers.

Planning your home’s landscape with the experts ensures that your home gets the best design possible. Contact the Purple Pros at Purple Care to start planning your dream yard today!

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