3 Best Landscaping Options to Increase Home Values
In our blog post yesterday, we explored all of the reasons that landscaping is one of the best ways to improve home values. At FiveSTAR Landscape, we encourage you to strongly consider landscaping, as it is easily one of the best ways to improve the value of your Greater Sacramento area home.
ALL landscaping has the potential to improve the value of your home. Yet there are some landscape options that are far more valuable than others, especially when it comes to profiting from your investment.
Tips for Valuable Landscaping
The following are some landscaping strategies that can improve your property value dramatically, and what we think are the 3 best landscaping options to increase home values:
- Prioritize Features Over Turf
Grass is, of course, the first thing people think about when they consider a landscape. But depending on when you are going to sell your home, it is not necessarily the one that brings the most value. Healthy grass is crucial, but someone that plans to live in their home for more than 5 more years may want to consider investing in something other than grass, because grass requires a lot of maintenance and will change over that same time period. Grass also isn’t the best choice if you live in California. Water companies are starting to offer rebate programs that are paying residents to replace their grass with more drought-tolerant landscape.
Consider investing more in permanent landscape features, like koi ponds, outdoor kitchens, paver stone patios, etc. These are the additions that are going to add very real value to your home permanently, because they don’t change and age the same way grass does. They also provide much more of a “wow” factor for sales.
- Consider Character or Personality
A little bit of creativity can go a long way. One of the reasons that FiveSTAR Landscape in Folsom, CA has grown so much in the past several years is because we are one of the few providers of “themed” custom landscapes. We can turn an idea you have (for example, a landscape for your kids) and make it something visually impressive. That creativity can add further value to the home, because it sets your home apart and makes it a unique investment for others.
- True Landscape Architecture
Finally, it’s not necessarily just the addition of new features or ideas that changes a landscape’s value. It’s the way they all work together. That’s one of the main reasons FiveSTAR Landscape employs board certified landscape architects. These architects make sure that the additions you’re seeking out all go well together, almost like a form of “landscaping Feng shui,” where the goal isn’t just to throw a bunch of landscaping ideas together, but to make sure they all fit. Our landscapers are honest with their assessments, and will tell you if an idea will or won’t work well with another idea given the size, shape, and location of your landscape. This will ensure it doesn’t look like a hodgepodge of ideas, but rather a cohesive and complete landscape design.
Landscaping for Home Value
There really are many benefits to investing in landscaping to increase the value of your home. Unless your home is in disrepair, landscaping allows for both value and function, because you’ll be able to actually enjoy the outside of your home more in addition to improving its total sale price. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, it is still a good idea to consider its value in everything that you do, and also make sure you are investing in the enjoyment of your property. That’s what you’re doing when you invest in landscaping. Don’t hesitate to call us today at (916)735-1100 to discuss which of these 3 best landscaping options to increase home values would be best for you.