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Does Landscaping Increase Your Home's Value?

Written by Andrea Davis on Monday, 13 October 2014 3:14 pm
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After spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on landscaping, how do you know if you'll recoup your investment? Homeowners may wonder if their efforts are worthwhile compared to interior projects. In actuality, landscaping comes back in resale value more than you may think.

According to a publication from Virginia Tech, a home landscape has been valued at around 15 percent of a home's total value. Furthermore, certain landscape aspects add more to the home than others, including:

Design: 42%

Plant size: 36%

Diversity of plants: 22%

The study cited that a $150,000 home could go from $8,300 in worth to almost $19,000 more with the addition of a landscape.

That's a lot for just adding a front yard to your home.

Here is more information about these elements and how to increase the value of your home.


Landscape Design

Photo courtesy of Jardin Passion Landscape Con

How you design the landscape is the first step in creating a beautiful and valuable front yard. If you plant shrubs, flowers and trees without a design in mind, you could run into maintenance issues down the road. This is why you might call in a landscape designer to help. Landscape designers have the knowledge when it comes to creating landscapes to match homes and climate conditions. They know which trees, shrubs and flowers mix versus which ones might be troublesome. The end result will be a manageable, uncluttered and beautiful landscape that you can enjoy for little to no hassle.

Plant Size

Photo courtesy of Applegate Landscape Co.

On a visual level, adding different plant sizes will make your front yard look more appealing. Adding different shapes and colors complements your home and the lawn. On a maintenance level, mixing small and big plants will cut down on clutter in your yard. If you have too many bushy plants, their roots and branches could get mixed together and cause maintenance issues. So plant different trees, shrubs and flowers to make your landscape colorful and varied to add onto your home's appeal and save on trouble.

Diverse Plants

Photo courtesy of M&M Garden Designs

Intertwined with the plant sizes you choose are how diverse they should be. You don't want to plant only shrubs and trees with leaves. Vary it up with fruit trees or shrubs that have flowers to add color to the front yard. You also might choose annual and perennial flowers to sprinkle across your yard. You will need to replace annuals every year, but that gives you the chance to try out different flowers. Perennials, on the other hand, will last for many years and can endure harsh winter conditions.


Whether you hire a landscape designer or decide to tackle the front yard landscape yourself, be sure to include these three elements. Adding them to your front yard will pay back dividends in your home resale value, and it will make your home more attractive to buyers.

Photos courtesy of DesignMine

Andrea Davis is the editor for HomeAdvisor, which helps homeowners find home improvement professionals in their area at no charge to ensure the best service in the shortest amount of time.

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  • Comment Link Rose Henderson Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:58 am posted by Rose Henderson

    I don't know about you, but I would be more willing to buy a home with nice landscaping. I believe a terrible lawn can totally lower the value of a home. I have to agree that varying plant sizes really does add appeal. The different levels in the picture you have there are extremely eye catching and it keeps your attention.

  • Comment Link Monday, 16 February 2015 4:55 am posted by

    Keep the landscaping balanced. For a formal look, plant identical plants opposite each other, such as placing an upright topiary on either side of the front door. In more informal spaces, make sure you have similar amounts of greenery on each side of the house.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 01 January 2015 1:50 am posted by

    A landscaping design project can be a big investment. Make sure you have complete trust in your contractor of choice to perform up to your standard.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 01 January 2015 1:43 am posted by

    A landscape designer can come in and look at all the problem areas in your space and come up with a plan that addresses them as a whole, not just a band-aid that covers them up for awhile.

  • Comment Link Angela Gagauf Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:22 am posted by Angela Gagauf

    Thanks for this article - The National Association of Realtors® has recently published a similar article. Here is a link ~
    It's helpful and current and perfect backup for stubborn clients who refuse to acknowledge the benefits of curb appeal.

  • Comment Link Cindy Lyons Thursday, 16 October 2014 9:59 am posted by Cindy Lyons

    The National Association of Realtors® has recently published a similar article. Here is a link ~
    I hope that is helpful!

  • Comment Link Angela Gagauf Wednesday, 15 October 2014 4:27 pm posted by Angela Gagauf

    I read the article put out by the Virginia Cooperative Extension re: "The Effect of Landscape Plants on Perceived Home Value". They quoted stats from a 1999 survey. Have you seen any thing more recent than this? I would love to quote the statistics to my staging clients but I'm not sure if this info is valid 14 years after the fact.

  • Comment Link mitchhartsock Tuesday, 14 October 2014 1:28 pm posted by mitchhartsock

    Please do! Good article for Sellers!

  • Comment Link Cindy Lyons Tuesday, 14 October 2014 1:14 pm posted by Cindy Lyons

    Can I share this on our blog...?

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