Landscaping is a great investment. Many sources say that a beautiful landscape can increase the value of a home by 5 to 20%.
Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate. Source: Money Magazine.
Many magazines and newspapers often tout the financial benefits of boosting your home's curb appeal. A recent Clemson University study showed that consumers valued well-landscaped homes at 11 percent above the asking price.
A Gallup survey found landscaping could add 7 to 15 percent to a home’s value. In 2003, an article in SmartMoney magazine put it into perspective by saying, “For a $500,000 home, on which you spend $25,000 to spruce it up, even a modest gain of 7.5% would put $12,500 of straight profit in your pocket.”
But remember, your landscape is more than just curb appeal. Once your front yard is looking great, consider the latest trend…extending your home’s living space to the outdoors. Great patios and decks with outdoor kitchens and a cozy fire pit or outdoor fireplace are all the rage. Just think of sipping your morning coffee in your own private outdoor oasis or serving a dinner party out on your beautiful patio.