5 Landscaping Ideas That May Increase Property Value

By HSA Home Warranty

As a real estate professional, you know how important landscaping can be. The plants around a home serve as a frame for the property, accentuating or detracting from its best features. In many cases, landscaping improvements can increase a home’s curb appeal and attract the attention of potential buyers. The right landscaping improvements can even increase property value.

1. Make maintenance easier

Anything that makes lawn and landscape maintenance easier is a tangible benefit to buyers. The addition of automatic irrigation systems can add value by making watering more convenient and less of a hassle for future owners. Drip lines installed on porches and patios for container gardening also help minimize watering time. In addition to being visually pleasing, raised flower beds can minimize weeding and may help retain moisture.

2. Create backyard living space

Increasingly, homeowners see their backyards as extensions of their homes. Using landscape features to craft an outdoor oasis can add to the appeal – and perhaps the value – of a home. Plantings around a fire pit, grill, patio, or seating area can help define the space and add visual appeal. Landscape elements, such as water features, can add a peaceful ambiance and upscale feel.

3. Maximize privacy

Landscaping that helps seclude backyards from neighbors and traffic can make a property more attractive and desirable. Plus, privacy planting evergreens, tall shrubbery, or trellises can double as a wind screen for an added bonus.

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