Many people underestimate the power of landscaping and how much it affects their property's value. Anyone would agree that a home with great landscaping looks attractive and inviting, but not only does it add charm and curb appeal to your home, it actually increases your property's resale value. Whether or not you're planning to sell your home now, the money you invest in landscaping can deliver financial benefits.

Create an outdoor oasis!
You can extend your home's living space by creating a relaxing retreat in your backyard. When the weather is pleasant most people want to spend time outdoors, and what could be better than having a place to entertain or unwind at home? A little patio with a seating area is suitable for most budgets, and with the addition of a few plants and lights you've got yourself a delightful outdoor sitting space. Those of us that grill outside can set up a weather-resistant dining area under a shady tree for a lovely alfresco dining experience. When it comes to transforming your outdoor space, the possibilities are endless.

Sell your home for a premium price.
It's generally recommended that up to 10 percent of a property's value should be spent on landscaping. First impressions count, and if you want your home to sell for a premium price it has to attract potential buyers right from the curb. A professionally landscaped property gives the sense of value, which is why homes with a well-maintained landscape have a higher resale value and spend less time on the market. There are additional advantages to landscaping you may not have thought of, too. Trees provide shade in the summer and lower your air conditioning costs, and they act as a windbreak which reduces heating costs in the colder months. In addition, having nice walkway is practical and necessary, while lighting illuminates your property creating an ambiance and making it harder for intruders to target.

Get the best return on your rental property.
If you want your rental home to rent for a higher price, you need to invest in professional landscaping. Tenants will be more willing to pay a high price for your rental home if it's appealing from the outside. The issue with rental homes is that you need to ensure the landscaping looks great without being high maintenance. Keeping in mind that plants that require constant watering will cost your tenants, go for native plants that are suitable for your environment and require little upkeep. A manicured lawn with some perennials and trees is not too expensive but makes a world of difference as far as rental properties are concerned.

Landscaping can improve your property even with limited space or money.
Add a touch of color to wide expanses of grass with flowers and walking paths. Break up a useless slope by creating a terraced garden. Even homes in areas with extreme weather can benefit from landscaping. Rocks, stones, and gravel alone can make up the majority of your landscape such as those used in a Japanese-style zen garden, which adds a sophisticated touch to a property without needing water. Investing in good landscaping will return your investment on the seeds that you sow - literally!

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