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How Residential Landscaping Features Increase Home Resale Value

how landscaping affects home resale value

how landscaping affects home resale value

Let’s face it, no one wants an ugly-looking property. This means that people are often willing to pay more money for homes with quality landscaping features, making landscaping one of the best ways to increase the resale value of your home. 

In this article, we’ll share some information about how adding landscape features to your property can increase home resale value, leading to more money in your pocket!

What’s The Difference Between Hardscapes and Softscapes?

Residential hardscapes are all landscaping elements that are built on your property. Paving stones, retaining walls, patios, driveways, firepits, and rock gardens are all examples of hardscape features that can increase the resale value of your property. 

On the other hand, softscape features include things that can be grown on your property. Trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers, and other forms of vegetation are all considered softscape features. 

In general, hardscape features are more expensive to install but will provide a greater increase to your property value compared to softscape features when it comes time to sell. 

How Much Can Landscaping Increase Home Value?

Quality landscaping can increase your home value by up to tens of thousands of dollars. However, the amount the value will increase typically depends on the number of features you choose to add to your property, the quality of these features, and the skill level of the landscaper you choose to design and build these features. 

Some experts claim that good landscaping can add as much as 10-20 percent to the value of your home! That’s if it’s done right. 

Unfortunately, if your landscaper does a bad job, it may actually decrease the value of your home. This will happen if the landscaper you use fails to plan the project properly, chooses low-quality materials, or does not seamlessly match the landscape features to the rest of your property. 

In order to avoid this from happening to you, here are a few things to look for when hiring an Edmonton landscaper.

What to Look For When Hiring A Landscaper for Your Hardscape and Softscape Features

  1. Experience – similar to how you wouldn’t want a first-time dentist to give you a filling, you wouldn’t want your property to be the first project for a newbie landscaper. It might be tempting to choose the landscaper with the lowest rates, however, always remember that price is usually directly correlated to experience level. 

Think of it as an investment. Spending more money on a landscaper means they’ll likely do a better job. As a result, the resale value of your home will increase more compared to when you hire a budget landscaper for the project. 

  1. A strong portfolio – before hiring a landscaper, always ask to see some of their previous work. You could ask for pictures, videos, or even the address of a previous property they were hired to work on. This will give you a good idea of their style and the types of projects they’re best at. 
  1. Positive reviews – it’s also a good idea to hop online and see if you can find some reviews from previous customers. This will help you get an idea of the experience real customers had while working with the company.

Looking For An Experienced Edmonton Landscaper?

Earth & Turf has been in the landscaping business for years and has helped dozens of customers with their residential landscaping needs. Whether you need hardscape or softscape features, we can help! Please contact us today to learn more.