Ways Landscaping Can Enhance Your Home
March 12, 2022— Decor & Design Ideas, Planning & Budgeting, Resources
This may sound cliché, but in the world of real estate, first impressions ARE everything. Rightly done, beautiful landscaping goes a long way in improving your quality of life, increasing your property’s curb appeal, and enhancing safety and convenience.
Landscaping is a good investment and is one of the few home improvement projects that instantly adds value to your property. Interior design trends come and go, but plants become more robust and beautiful as time passes.
Below are just some of the many ways landscape enhancements can benefit your home.
Increased curb appeal
This may seem like a buzzword straight out of a home magazine, but if you are looking to sell your home this year, you should know the importance of curb appeal. Potential buyers might need a few days to think things over, but a lot of them fall in love with a house the instant they pull into a driveway – thanks to beautiful landscaping.
Yes, a great first impression may be just what a potential buyer needs to get excited enough to seriously consider making an offer.
Sustainability was hailed as one of the most popular landscaping trends last 2021, and it looks like it’s going to stay this year. Landscape sustainability is all about the use of conservation practices and native plant material to help the environment. Minimal maintenance is the name of the game. The less resources you use to maintain your landscape, the better it is for the environment. The installation of hardscape to replace turf can fall into this category.
Plants help reduce the harmful effects of carbon monoxide, and as a bonus, native plants will help attract local wildlife like birds and butterflies.
Enhanced quality of life
This one is our favorite, as it directly benefits your family. The benefits of being in nature are documented and well-studied. According to research, people find healing and stress relief when interacting with nature – even when you are viewing it from a window.
Plants and turf also help reduce noise pollution. In fact, they have the ability to reduce noise levels by 20-30 percent compared to hard surfaces such as pavement and concrete.
Furthermore, a beautiful outdoor space serves as a great venue for family activities. A vibrant lawn is great for kids and dogs to run and play in!
Flowers give our eyes bold colors, a lush turf tickle our toes – it’s nice to appreciate the smells and sights that a beautiful landscape gives us. Now, we know that their value is so much more than aromas and aesthetics, they have a real ability to enhance our home.
Do not overlook the power of landscape enhancements to increase your home’s value. Not only that, beautiful landscaping improves your health and is great for the environment!
“10 Ways Your Yard Can Help Raise Your Property Value,” Bob Vila, https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/10-ways-your-yard-can-help-raise-your-property-value-460490
“Landscape Sustainability,” University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension, https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g1405.pdf
“Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature,” http://naturesacred.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/stress-response-report.pdf