Increase the Resale Value of your Property

Increase the Resale Value of your Property For Sale

Improving your landscape or “Curb Appeal” is a sure fire way of improving either your resale or appraised value of your home. 

When you pull up to a home, the property’s landscape is the first thing you see.  Otherwise known as curb appeal, your home’s landscape can have a significant affect on people’s first impression.  Managing that first impression by way of improving the landscape can have a financial impact on the resale or equity of your home.

Adding to your landscape, whether it be well placed trees, shrubs, perennials or hard landscaping, has been shown to be the only home improvement (inside or out) that will add greater value than what you spend. 

In fact according to a Money Magazine article, landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 per cent at selling time.  Comparatively, kitchen updates can expect 75 to 125 per cent recovery rate, bathroom remodelling can expect 20 to 120 per cent recovery rate and a swimming pool only 20 to 50 per cent recovery.

Increase the Resale Value of your Property Older home with shade tree

Apart from the satisfaction of planting a tree and watching it grow; mature trees have been shown to increase property values anywhere from 5 to 20 per cent.  A well-positioned shade tree will not only increase the value of your home, but it will also reduce cooling costs during the summer.  The canopy of a shade tree will reduce your energy bill as well as reducing noise and adding privacy.

If you’re looking for a more formal design, a Quebec study found that hedges raise property values by 3.6 per cent and landscaping your patio can increase it by 12.4 per cent.  With patio planters becoming more readily available, simple options exist to dress up your favourite outdoor entertaining area.

So whether or not you plan to plant a majestic maple in the centre of your yard, or border your driveway with a cotoneaster hedge, make sure you speak to the professionals at your local garden center to get information on how you can improve the value of your home. 

Have you invested in landscaping and seen it pay off when you went to sell (or had it appraised)?  Leave your comments below.

Happy Gardening!

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Guest post by Andrew - Bylands Account Representative

I think I’ve always been loosely involved in the horticultural industry from putting in sprinkler systems in my neighborhood as a kid to various landscaping jobs throughout university.  I’ve always been a bit of a plant nerd.    My wife and I also have two golden retrievers that we enjoy heading into the hills and running and hiking with.