Landscaping says a lot about a home. It's the primary element in "curb appeal," setting the tone for the rest of your home's design, both interior and exterior. However, landscaping offers more than just aesthetic benefits. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of well-designed and maintained landscaping for your home.
The Importance of Beautiful Landscaping
Increases Home Value
You might be surprised to learn that an attractive landscape can increase the value of a home. According to a study cited by TurfMagazine, attractive landscapes increase the value of homes by 5.5 to 11.4%. What's really interesting, however, is that landscaping added the most value to homes in South Carolina (11.4%), whereas landscaping in Louisiana added the least value.
Drainage and Runoff
Landscaping also allows homeowners to control storm runoff and drainage. When it rains, water should flow away from your home. If it collects around the base of your home, it can cause significant property damage, creating an ideal environment for rot and mold. Thankfully, professional landscaping can protect against these problems by ensuring your lawn has proper runoff and drainage.
Promotes Outdoor Living
Roughly 70% of homes today have an outdoor living space, according to a survey conducted by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA). A well-designed landscape promotes outdoor living by creating an attractive, functional environment. Homeowners and their families can enjoy evenings on their patio or deck, with a beautiful landscape setting the tone in the background.
A lesser-known benefit of landscaping is its ability to reduce a home's overall energy usage. Strategically placed trees and shrubs create shade, which in turn reduces cooling costs during the summer. One study found that trees shading a home's roof makes the inside up to 10 degrees cooler, which is a pretty substantial amount to say the least.
Makes it Easier to Sell Your Home
Of course, a good landscape will also make it easier when it comes time to sell your home. It's difficult to get prospective buyers to even enter your home if the yard is a mess. On the hand, a well-designed landscape encourages prospective buyers to tour the inside of your home. It's not a fool-proof way to sell a home, but it certainly makes the process easier.
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