Beautifying your landscape doesn’t just improve your curb appeal and make you the envy of the neighborhood, it can also significantly increase the resale value of your home. Rather than starting inside with expensive home remodels that can leave you without access to your kitchen, bathroom or family room, a better option to explore that provides great ROI is landscaping and hardscaping your property. President-elect of the National Association of Realtors, Walt McDonald, said back in 2003: “When people ask me how they can get strong interest in their property, I always tell them to fix up their landscaping…if a homeowner is reluctant to do it, I tell them they won’t get top dollar.” Even though the quote is more than a decade old the amazing part is that it still holds true, if not even more so in today’s market.
If you’re looking for a specific number to expect with regard to ROI for your unique project, you won’t find it. If you do, it’s merely speculation. Your location, the market, nearby neighbor’s landscapes, and potential homebuyer’s preferences are just a few of the many variables that will factor into what you can expect to get back when you do resell your home. One thing that is for certain though, the only way to maximize your ROI on a landscaping or hardscaping project is to have a well designed and installed landscape.
What does it take to ensure you have a well designed and installed landscape? To put it plainly, you need cohesiveness. The truth is that many property owners like to save some money by doing landscaping and hardscaping themselves. This is great if you know what you are doing, but if not a project can quickly go sour. Uneven walkways or patios, poorly trimmed shrubs that leave your plants sparse or without flowers, and even poor planting jobs that end up not making it past the one year mark, are just a few of the issues you may run into. If you have a bit of a green thumb, and these come naturally to you, that is great! We’d still encourage you to consult with an experienced design professional to help guide your project so that everything comes together cohesively and nothing is overlooked.
We all know you never get another chance at a first impression, so why not resolve to have a great landscape that makes visitors say “WOW!” before they even make it to your front door? Give us a call today and see how easy it is with the Hively Landscapes team guiding your outdoor landscaping job. We’ll help you get the maximum ROI out of your project!