Overall, 90% of real estate agents say great landscaping has a positive impact on home value. In fact, 17% say on average it can raise the value of the home by 30% or more, while 80% say it raises the value by at least 10%.
The most important landscaping elements according to real estate agents in our survey are plants, trees, and flowers. Overall, 78% say plants are ‘very important’ or ‘important’ to have, while 77% say this about trees as well as flowers.
According to Michael Rhoads, President of Rhoads Home Buyers, landscaping features can do a lot for your home.
“Landscaping features can enhance the property’s aesthetics, create a welcoming atmosphere, and increase the property’s overall appeal,” he says.
“There are several important landscaping elements that can enhance the beauty and value of a property,” he continues. Below he offers some to consider:
Trees: Trees not only provide shade but also add visual interest and texture to a landscape. They can also increase a property’s value and energy efficiency.
Plants and Flowers: Colorful flowers, well-manicured lawns, and a variety of plants can add visual appeal and create a welcoming atmosphere. Different plants and flowers bloom at different times of the year, so it’s essential to choose a mix of annuals and perennials for year-round color.
Hardscaping: Hardscaping elements such as walkways, patios, decks, and retaining walls can add functionality and structure to a landscape. They can also increase a property’s value and provide a great place for outdoor entertainment and relaxation.
Outdoor Lighting: Outdoor lighting can highlight the landscape’s best features, increase safety, and extend the use of outdoor spaces into the evening.
Water Features: Water features such as fountains, ponds, and waterfalls can create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, adding to the property’s overall appeal.
Sustainable Landscaping: Sustainable landscaping elements such as rain gardens, permeable pavers, and native plants can reduce water usage, lower maintenance costs, and increase a property’s eco-friendliness.
Rhodes says he believes that great landscaping can increase a home’s value by up to 10-12%.
He adds that, “Great landscaping involves a well-designed layout, proper maintenance, and high-quality materials. Investing in landscaping can be a cost-effective way to increase a home’s value and curb appeal, resulting in a faster sale at a higher price.”