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10 Landscaping issues that DECREASE Your Home’s Value

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Professional landscaping increases the curb appeal of your home, adding 5-15% to your home’s value! In general, you should spend around 10% of your home’s value on the landscaping, for more information click here!

Although landscaping can increase your home’s value, if it’s not built or maintained properly it can also DECREASE the value of your home. So, whether you are planning to sell your home or not, we have got some great tips to help ensure your landscape isn’t decreasing your home’s value.

  1. Poor planning of a landscape project is the beginning of much larger problems. Always make sure you have a professional landscape company design and install your landscape.
  2. Wrong material choices (stone, wood or composite) can affect the integrity and esthetic of your project. Make sure you consult professionals before investing in your landscape materials.
  3. Lack of cohesive landscape throughout your property will make it feel mismatched and unappealing. Landscape projects can be completed in phases, however, using the same materials and styles are important or your landscape will lack a cohesive esthetic.
  4. A landscape that doesn’t compliment the style of your home will stand out and look “off”. For example, if you have a modern home, don’t design a Mediterranean or more traditional style of landscape. Your landscape should be an extension of your home’s style and flow cohesively.
  5. Without proper maintenance, weeds and overgrowth will make your home appear unkempt and lead buyers to believe that that home is not well maintained. If you’ve spent money to design and build a beautiful landscape, make sure you’re maintaining it.
  6.  The slope of your property is important, if you have a backyard with a large elevation change, consider leveling it out or installing retaining walls to create a level, usable space. Buyers will be looking for a level yard that is move-in ready.
  7. Although trees add to your home’s value, too many trees will decrease it by, raising the risk of damage to your home’s foundation, creating too much shade and maintenance, or hiding the front of your home.
  8. Rotting or failing decks and patios decrease your home’s value since they are a hazard and something the new homeowner will need to fix immediately, lowering their potential offer.
  9. Leaking or outdated pools will also decrease your home’s value as it will be an item the new homeowner will need to renovate. Outdated pools and landscapes are easily updated, click here to read more.
  10. Poor drainage can wreak havoc on a home’s foundation and basement, therefore poor drainage indicates a major red flag to potential buyers. Make sure your home’s landscape has proper drainage.

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