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Landscaping Improves Appraisal Value - Michigan State Study

Aerial View of Detailed Low-Maintenance Landscape Plan

Aerial View of Detailed Low-Maintenance Landscape Plan

Make Your Property Worth More by Landscaping it.

Did you know the value of your property can receive a significant boost if it is professionally and properly landscaped? According to academic study by Michigan State University researchers cited by The Appraisal Institute, attractive and professional landscaping improves a home's value by as much as 11 percent.

Although you need not wait until you're thinking of putting your home on the market to undertake a big landscaping upgrade, it's certainly something that can add to the curb appeal when you do decide it's time to sell. In addition to your lawn, other areas that can be improved with a quality landscaping service include lawn ornaments, flower beds and even the furniture you keep on your front porch, if your home has one. Edge your lawn and consider adding some potted flowers where visibility from the street is high. Refreshing the mulch around your shrubs is another step to consider.

Native plants require less maintenance. Consider adding indigenous plants that do not demand as much watering, fertilizer and regular attention as foreign plants. The Appraisal Institute also suggests planting trees and adding landscape lighting to your property. Trees are an aesthetic upgrade that can also cut down on energy consumption as they grow and eventually provide shade, and reduce soil runoff. The Appraisal Institute cites statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy stating that "carefully placed trees can provide shade from the hot summer sun and block winter winds, saving up to 25 percent of a typical home's energy use." Landscape lighting can make a yard more safe and secure, as well as highlighting the aesthetics of the property's landscaping and the home's architecture. Using LED lights or solar lighting can help to accomplish these goals while saving energy.

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