Looking for a way to improve your home value? Exhausted your list of indoor projections and remodels? Take the projects outside with landscaping. Landscaping is and often under-utilized tool that can boost your curb appeal and your property value. A Virginia Tech study found good landscaping adds $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home. Though zero and xeriscaping is popular in the dry climates of the western US, having a few feature plants on the property is a good idea. Studies have shown that hedges can raise your property value by 3.6 percent.
Have you thought about adding a tree to that empty green space on the front lawn? There are many benefits to having a tree or two on your property. Firstly, the shade that a tree provides has been proven to lower energy use and save you money. Planting shade trees on the south and west faces of your house will save winter energy costs up to 15 percent and summer energy costs up to 50 percent. Trees can also hide bad views and muffle unwanted sounds. And then there’s the ecological benefits. An average tree cleans 330 pounds of CO-2 annually and provides enough oxygen for an entire family. But what type of trees and other plants should you use?
That exotic tree you saw at the Home and Garden Show last season may be beautiful, but it is probably not worth the hassle. The best tip is to stick with plants that are native to the region that the property is in. For you thing, you won’t need to water them as much and usually require less care. Does the property already have plants? Well, don’t forget that overgrown landscaping can decrease your property value. Make sure your trees and bushes aren’t overgrown or blocking the view of your home. If you are looking to sell your home, but need help with landscaping, contact Mark Eibner today. Mark has been in the Colorado real estate business for over 30 years and has a list of preferred landscapers.