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All homeowners want their home to increase in value. In fact, no matter how long you plan to live in your home, you want it to increase in value as much as possible. Obviously, you can try to improve your house. But the dwelling does not exist in a vacuum- it exists on your landscape! Homebuyers are very sensitive to the desirability of the land around the home, too.



Things That Increase the Property Value of Your Home Include:


Healthy Trees

Homebuyers love trees. Perhaps everybody wants to have a shady spot to lounge. It’s important to plant trees as long before you plan to sell as possible, and do everything you can to keep existing trees healthy. A mature tree can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. With multiple healthy trees, this can be significant when selling.

A landscape designer can help you pick the trees that will do the best in your space, and make any changes needed to foster healthy growth for the trees you already have.


Useful Space

Your yard or property may be beautiful to look at, and that has value. But do you stay in your house and peer out the window at it all day? If so, you may have a problem.

The property around a house should be usable space. Homebuyers want to be able to entertain friends on their property, maybe play basketball or bocce, go swimming, or run on a path. Pools, tennis courts, outdoor kitchens, all things that raise utility also raise selling prices on homes.


A Feeling of Purpose

If you were to sit down and think about it, the way to identify a property with landscape design and one whose landscape is not planned, the key factor is intentionality. Landscaping design doesn’t leave your property’s layout to chance, there are purpose and patterns and theme. This planning means that the walkways flow better. The distinct landscape areas are more accessible to each other, and your property seems cohesive and organized. The timing of your budding flowers can be planned so that something in bloom throughout spring, summer and fall. Money magazine estimated that while kitchen or bathroom remodeling can bring a recovery value up to 125 percent, landscaping can bring up to a 200-percent return at selling time. This sense of order and peace is valuable to homebuyers.


How Can a Landscape Designer Help?

An experienced landscape designer can make sure the living assets on your property are planted in appropriate locations. Your designer will evaluate that plants are getting all their needs met to be healthy. Nothing can hurt the perceived value of your property like dying, sickly trees and turf.

Sometimes a landscape is inhospitable to outdoor entertaining, exercising, playing with the kids, and other uses. A landscape designer can also help you decide how you’d like the space to serve you. This will not only raise your property value at resale, but raise the utility of your home for you and your family.


A landscape designer can also create a feeling of consistency, purpose, and intentionality throughout your landscape. Regardless of what aesthetic or tradition of garden or outdoor space you crave, having that centering style makes all the difference.

Contact Meadowbrook Design today to get started boosting your home’s value and beauty.