Landscape Statistics

• In 2001 homeowners spent $37.7 billion caring for their property, up from 22.5 billion five years previously, according to the National Gardening Association .
• Consumers value a landscaped home up to 11.3 percent higher than its base price, according to a Clemson University and University of Michigan study.
• A Society of Real Estate Appraisers Survey revealed that 95 percent of the appraisers responding to the survey believed that landscaping adds to the dollar value of residential real estate, while 99 percent of them said it enhanced the sales appeal of residential real estate.
• A variety of studies reveal that landscaping can increase the value of residential and commercial property from five to as much as 20%.
• A Clemson University study found landscaping can result in more than a 100% return on investment. The report concluded that “Homeowners wanting to increase the value of their property will do well to consider the cost-effective, return potential of quality landscaping, and to safeguard their investments by hiring licensed, professional landscape contractors to perform the work.”


Additional added values of landscaping

Not counting the potential return on investment in landscaping dollars, there are additional non-monetary gains a quality landscape investment provide. Some of those benefits include:

• Lower noise levels
• Blocks unpleasant views
• Reduces Stress
• Reduces crime
• Lowers heating and cooling
• Improves home appearance
• Optimizes the use of land and outdoor space
• Reduces usage chemicals on the property
• Allows for the imaginative use of styles, features, plants and ornaments


Eight landscaping factors affecting property values

The following are a basic list of areas that can have a positive effect on increased property values. All of this discussion on property values assumes that installations have been made in a competent and professional manner. Improper installations or poor construction can turn what should be an asset into a liability that may detract from a properties value.

• Moving Water Features
• Walkways
• Arches, Arbors, and Pergolas
• Outdoor Kitchen Areas and Barbecue Pits
• Landscape Lighting
• Patios and Decks
• Outdoor Fireplaces or Fire Pits
• Backyard Retreats & Gazebos

Notice how everything on the list extends the home environment to the outdoors. Creating outdoor living area from a disorganized piece of property will improve value.

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