Your home’s landscaping makes up the core of its character. Its personality. Costs for landscaping will hinge on how far you’re ready to take it. Moving into a new home? Are you moving into an existing home and want the landscaping to reflect your style? Regardless of the starting point, start with the big questions before you even start thinking about designs like, What do you want out of your landscape? Do you want to create more privacy and security? Do you want a landscape that requires little water or maintenance or do you want flower or vegetable beds that will keep you busy all year? Landscaping projects run the gamut. They can be as simple as having a small lawn with a few flower beds or as complicated as intricate rolling hills and pathways, with carefully chosen plants and trees. They could include decks, ponds, decorative concrete pathways, outdoor misting systems and even fountains and waterfalls, all of which King of the hill Landscaping can help you with.
Trees on your property are more than just aesthetics or shade, they increase the value of your home. Several recent nationwide surveys show that mature trees in a well landscaped yard can increase the value of a house by 7% to 19%. The surveys showed a plain lawn with a couple flower gardens while pretty, didn’t add to the value of a house, on the other hand a Well-landscaped yard with mature trees and bushes that provide privacy bring in higher prices and they sell quicker than houses with little or no landscaping.
There’s nothing like providing eye catching “curb appeal” to impress buyers before they even walk into a house. The stats aren’t surprising to past president of the National Association of Realtors. “People tell us they want trees and privacy behind,” she said. The surveys were done by the University of Washington and the National Gardening Association. “It’s a significant increase,” said senior horticulturist with the National Gardening Association, about the effect trees have on the value of a house. But buyers go even further. “People are looking at big trees, rock walls, patios — the whole feeling,” he said. The senior horticulturist with the National Gardening Association suggests that people reconsider when they neglect their yards to focus on renovating kitchens and bathrooms. “With housing values dropping in many areas of the country, having a beautiful landscape could make the difference between breaking even on your home and making some money on the sale of your home,”.
A university did a study and found that homeowners get a 100 percent or more return on the money they put into landscaping. The experts with the Appraisal Institute say anything a homeowner does to the exterior of the home to improve its appearance has a positive impact on the home’s value. As in most things related to real estate, location plays a large role in what types of landscaping are perceived to be more valuable than others. In some areas of the country large trees are more important than the overall sophistication of the landscape design, in other words sometimes a few key upgrades give the same effect as a complete overhaul. Spending $300 to $5,000 on plants and materials, plus a few hours (sometimes, QUITE a few hrs…) of your time, you can achieve a clean look without the cost of professional help. However if you decide to go at it alone you should get advice from a local professional before planting at will, because you don’t want to plant the wrong plants in the wrong locations. Which can result in overgrown plants that block windows or trees with roots that crack your driveway. If you’re starting with a bare lot, landscaping usually starts immediately because it takes 5 to 7 years for plants to mature. As professional landscapers here at King of the Hill we tediously survey the site before planting. A complete landscape is one that includes large trees, evergreen plants, annual color plants and hardscape, like decorative brick, pavers and gravel. A home valued at $150,000 with only a lawn can gain $8,250 to $19,050 more in value with an upgraded complete landscape.