5 Landscape Renovations That Are A Great Return On Investment
According to landscape economist John Harris, keeping up your grounds can contribute to a whopping 28% of your home’s overall value. This is especially true if you are looking to sell your home. A well-maintained landscape is most buyers' first impression of a property, which is the definition of curb appeal. Included in this list are 5 landscape renovation projects that will provide a great return on investment. Not coincidentally, these are some of the most common types of projects we do at Nurney Landscape & Design!
Freshen Up What You Have
Chances are your yard is running a little wild already, so cleanup comes first. At Nurney we will ensure that your property is restored to a beautiful condition each spring. Common spring cleanup duties include yard clean up, raking, pruning, soil, edging and soil testing, and fertilizing. Our maintenance packages come with a minimum of three services, with spring cleanup being one of our most popular.
Plant Plenty Of Trees
Trees are one of the few things that truly appreciate over time. According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can add $1,000 to $10,000 to the value of your home. The technical term for this is an “awesome return on investment.” If you are new to bucks county and plan on sticking around, you can get started with small tree planting. Saplings are much less expensive than large trees. On the other hand, if you’re planning to sell in three to five years, plant larger trees. They may be more expensive, but you’ll wait less time to see the full effects in your yard. For existing trees that have been infected with the Emerald Ash Borer, we typically replace them with Japanese Zelkova, Maple, and Oak trees.
Carve Out An Outdoor Living Room
Creating a relaxing, stylish, outdoor living space increases the appeal and value of your home. Outdoor living spaces also provide an oasis for you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort. 75% of respondents selected fire pits as a desirable outdoor living element in a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects’. Some of our other popular outdoor living space elements include patios, built-in seating areas, and stonework.
Cut Your Irrigation Costs
The ASLA calls drought-tolerant plants, native plants, and xeriscaping a top trend for landscaping. These environment-friendly choices help cut water bills since one-third of all household water use typically goes to landscaping. These changes can add up to a savings of 36 cents per square foot annually by lowering water usage and overall maintenance.
Mix It Up
Nothing brightens up a landscape like drifts of spectacular, colorful plants and flowers. A well-designed landscape will offer changing scenery from early spring through late fall. Aptly named spring bulbs will help say goodbye to the dreary days of winter with an early burst of color. Annuals give you the opportunity to redesign the color and arrangement of your flower beds each year and, along with perennials, will provide a kaleidoscope of colors for most of the summer months by blooming at different times. Some plants will even hit their stride during the fall months, helping to extend your site’s color.
Don’t Take The Plunge
What’s not to love about a cool, refreshing, luxurious backyard pool? Well, there’s the dismal return on investment, for one.
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, for every dollar you spend on a pool you will recoup only 39 cents. Still, all that said, if you’re dying for a pool, you can’t put a price on all that splashy fun, so consider it an investment for your soul rather than your future equity.
Get Started On Your Landscape
Ready to put some life into your landscape? The experts at Nurney Landscape & Design can help create your dream landscape. One contact, no juggling multiple contractors or equipment, and a beautiful, well-managed landscape. That's the Nurney promise. To get started, contact us here.