The right landscape design can make all the difference to a prospective buyer,
especially when it’s beautifully and carefully executed. In fact, REALTORS® and
landscape professionals estimate that a well-landscaped yard can add 5% to
15% to the selling value of a house. Houses that look good from the road
carry higher price tags—a fact that turns landscape investments into money in
the bank when selling a house. Here are a few ideas on how to improve your
• One of the best investments you can make is a glorious stand of healthy
trees as part of a well-landscaped yard. REALTORS® across Texas and the
rest of the country know that healthy trees can increase the property value
of a home, as well as provide years of aesthetic benefits to owners. Trees
also cut down on energy costs. When Kiplinger published the 25 best
ways to invest $1,000, buying a big tree was at the top of the list. If your
selling timetable doesn’t allow for planting and nurturing a tree to maturity,
remember this advice for your next house.
• Since a tree is a long-term investment, it’s important to start with a
high-quality plant. In the case of trees, money definitely buys quality. Trees
that are 8 to 10 feet tall—either balled and wrapped in burlap or
established and growing in containers—are usually the best buy.
Homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000 for a
• Add a few plants around the foundation of the house and in “curb appeal”
areas such as near the front door. Or, consider using more permanent
bushes, especially those that flower in the summer and have colorful buds
in the winter.
• Gardeners on a budget can buy a few plants, then, add more as your
• For an especially inexpensive jolt for your yard, flowers are a homeowner’s
best friend. Bright splashes of color add visual appeal, though they’re
usually temporary. For this reason, they’re great if you suddenly need to
put your house on the market and need a quick landscaping fix. At that
point, it’s best to stick to the basics, leaving more costly and permanent
landscaping to the new owners.
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