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Landscaping adds value


References for infographic include: 

- Taylor, C. 2003. “Fertile Ground”. Smart Money, March 2003
- U.S. Department of Energy 
- Journal of Environmental Horticulture
- Florida Growers & Nurseries Association

Investing in your Landscaping

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How much should a homeowner invest in landscaping? What's the average return on investment? These are important questions that everyone should ask prior to installing new landscaping. 

Here are the numbers from many sources across the internet:

Recommended Investment

How much should I spend?

The first thing to consider is your budget. While your bottomline is ultimately the factor that dictates how much you can spend, most experts recommend investing 5-10% of the value of your home in landscaping

Return on Investment

How much return should I expect?

The ROI numbers for landscaping vary greatly. However, even the most modest return numbers put it at the highest end of home investments, even higher than kitchen remodeling. 

A 5% investment can add 15% or more to the value of your home–a 150% return on investment. - Smart Money magazine

According to the HomeGain 2012 National Home Improvement Survey, landscaping investments produced an an average ROI of 215%. 


Other Benefits of Landscaping

What else can a new landscape do?

The returns on investment are there, so why else should you landscape your home?

Selling your home: Landscaping can reduce the time a home stays on the market by as much as six weeks. - Florida Growers and Nursery Association

Saving on Utility Costs: Proper arrangement of landscape plants around buildings and homes can substantially reduce both heat loss and cold air infiltration through walls and floors during the winter months. 

Saving on Utility Costs: A tree shading an outdoor air conditioner unit can increase its efficiency by as much as ten percent. - U.S. Department of Energy