The area surrounding your home is in many ways just as important as the home itself. Intellectually, we all know this — but applying that knowledge to real life is another issue entirely. We can’t help but get caught up in renovating our homes, whether we’re putting down new floors or painting the exterior. This means that our landscaping needs can get neglected, sometimes to the detriment of our properties. Yes — properties. You own more than just a house; you own the property around it, and however big or small your yard might be, you want it looking good. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can make your lawn look its best. Thanks to modern technology, landscape designers are able now more than ever to satisfy their clients and create the lawns of their dreams. If you aren’t certain about the value of a good landscape design, get ready to hop onto the bandwagon. A great lawn isn’t just about keeping up with the neighbors and putting on a good show. It’s also about investing in your property. Without further ado, let’s go ahead and look into the top benefits of investing in a great lawn — and indeed, a great landscape design in general.
1. The Return On Investment Factor
We’d all like to think that we’re going to stay in the home we reside within for the foreseeable future. This isn’t always the case, though. Often, people find themselves selling their homes or even renting them out — but not quite getting the value that they want. Why is this? Why is it so difficult to get the money that you think you deserve? The answer may lie in something as simple as your lawn. People are simply willing to pay more for a home with a good landscape design than they would for one with a drab lawn. There’s a lot of value to be placed in good landscape design, especially for people that take pride in the exterior of a home, or for that matter people with children who like to play outdoors. The return on investment factor for a great lawn is huge. If you spend as little as 5% of your home’s value on landscape design, your return on investment could be as much as 150%. In addition, landscaping has been known to raise a home’s resale value by as much as 14%. A good lawn can also contribute to lessening the amount of time you spend waiting for your home to sell — by as much as six weeks. Clearly, the return on investment isn’t in question.
2. Your Own Pleasure
Landscape design is about more than a neat, green lawn. It’s about you being able to let loose your creativity, and maybe even try out that green thumb of yours. There are so many different things that can be done with landscape design. You could install a waterfall, or even perhaps a koi pond to add atmosphere to your home. You could also invest in a nice garden, from which you could grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Being able to put your stamp on your landscaping design is satisfying and relaxing. It should come as no surprise that over half of homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours a week outside, with relaxing, gardening and entertaining being among their top activities.
3. The Environmental Aspect
By planting things in your garden, you’re actually helping the environment in a big way. For one thing, you’re cultivating plants — no matter what kinds they are, this is a positive thing. For another, those plants can, even when they die and decompose, enrich the surrounding soil. If you want to get truly daring and plants trees, the benefit is even more impactful, as trees help the carbon dioxide and oxygen circulation of the planet. No matter what you decide to do, you’re helping make the world a bit greener.
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