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Landscaping Can Increase Home Value And Has Other Perks

It's a foregone conclusion that landscaping can take an otherwise plain yard and increase the aesthetic appeal, but you may not have realized that landscaping can be a good investment if you're trying to sell your home.

According to several sources (documented in  The Everything Landscaping Book), landscaping can add between 5% and 15% to the dollar value of a home. When you consider that homes sell in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, you can see that this is quite a good chunk of change.

While it is true that it may cost thousands of dollars to have your home professionally landscaped (costs will depend on the amount of land that needs work), an article in Money Magazine said you can expect to recoup 100%-200% of your financial expenditures at home selling time.

Landscaping can also improve your chances of renting your home or apartments if you are a landlord. Surveys indicate that people find well-designed landscapes inviting in a potential home. A house or apartment that looks well-cared for and inviting from the outside will result in a higher occupancy rate and may even justify an increase in rental rates.

Landscaping can even help your home be more energy efficient. As trees and shrubs mature, they can reduce your air-conditioning costs by up to 50% because they shade your home's windows and walls from the sun.

As you can see, there are many reasons why landscaping is a good investment of time and money.

Source: The Everything Landscaping Book

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