It’s no secret that you should landscape your lawn. Not only will you take more pride in your great looking home, you’ll also increase its value. Research shows that great landscaping ideas can add up to 28% to a house’s overall value.
That being said, you probably don’t know the first thing about landscaping. Most folks know they’re supposed to mow, water, seed, rake, and care for their lawn, but beyond that, they’re usually lost. Here are a few of the best landscaping ideas you can use to beautify your home and increase its value.
Adding a classy looking aluminum fence to your yard will improve your curb appeal, and give you a beautiful return on investment of about 65%. In other words, a sharp-looking fence will catch the eyes of passersby, which can help you attract more high-quality offers when you’re trying to sell. Plus, it also makes your home more secure, and requires less maintenance than a wood or wrought iron fence.
One of the most popular projects landscapers are often asked to do is plant trees, which can actually help a home reduce its energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, just three properly placed trees can save a homeowner between $100 and $250 a year in energy costs. Plus, windbreaks and shade trees can reduce winter heating bills by 15% and air conditioning needs by a staggering 75%, too.
Outdoor lighting is one of the best landscaping ideas around, and actually tops the National Association of Home Builders’ list of most wanted outdoor features in its annual survey. About 41% of respondents say that it’s “essential” and 49% say it’s “desirable.” That’s not all. Great lighting highlights your landscaping at night, protects people from unseen obstacles, wards off burglars, and can make your home feel cozier.
And the best part is that you don’t even have to do any of it yourself. You can hire a landscaping company to take care of all this for you, if you so choose. If you have any questions about how lawn services can beautify and increase the value of your home, feel free to share in the comments.