Does My Garden Add Value to My Home?
If you are an avid gardener, or if you are thinking about embarking on a gardening campaign at your residence, you may wonder whether a garden adds value to your home. As is the case with many things in life, the answer to the question of whether or not your garden adds value to your home is not a simple "yes" or "no."
The Garden that Detracts
Before we dive into an examination of how a garden can add value to your home, a discussion of how a garden can detract from a residence is important. There are some common mistakes that even the best intentioned homeowners make when it comes to gardening on their properties.
Perhaps the most common mistake a homeowner makes when it comes to gardening is overdoing. In other words, a homeowner litters the property with a myriad of flower beds and assorted plants, all lacking a sense of cohesion and organization. This can prove to a particular problem when a homeowner wants to sell. This type of garden menagerie can lower the value of a property, and sometimes rather significantly so. In the end, the property looks like something that would be a major headache -- and expense -- to maintain (or eliminate, depending on the goals objectives of a person who might be interested in purchasing the residence).
Even gardening done at a residence in proper proportions must be well-tended. Another of the common mistakes a homeowner makes is failing to properly tend to and care for gardens on the premises. A poorly tended garden not only looks bad, but it sends a loud message that a homeowner is not diligent in caring for the premises. The combination of these two factors can knock down the value of residential property.
The Proper Garden and the Value of Your Home
Understanding that a garden can detract from the premises, can lower a property's value, a more positive result is possible. Landscaping and gardening at a residence can enhance the value of the property, and sometimes significantly so. A study in 2015, actually undertaken in the United Kingdom -- but applicable in many countries around the world, including the United States -- revealed that proper, compelling landscaping and gardening at a home can increase its value upwards as much as 20 percent. 20 percent is an amazing increase, and the more common uptick is in the range of abut 10 percent.
Tips to Cultivating the Perfect Residential Landscape
When it comes to landscaping and gardening at home, a key factor to keep in mind is that your landscaping and garden should be balanced and have the feel that it really is part of your residence. What this means is that you do not want to do anything extreme. You want to make sure that all your landscaping and gardening decisions harmonize with the design and style of your house itself.
You can make the most of your landscaping and gardening efforts by incorporating lighting into the mix. In this day and age, you have a tremendous amount of flexibility in this regard. With solar powered lighting options, you can illuminate your landscape in many different ways, using the latest in standalone and affordable lighting options. (As an aside, a majority of people on he market to purchase a home visit homes for sale later in the afternoon or evening. Appropriately illuminated landscaping and gardens best highlights your efforts in this regard to a potential buyer.)
Don't Forget the Lawn
More than a few homeowners focus almost exclusively on developing wonderful flowerbeds and the like. These same people fail to pay appropriate attention to their lawn, to their turf. They possibly conclude that great looking flowerbeds will take attention away from a bad looking lawn. In fact, the exact opposite is true. A spotty, poorly maintained, unhealthy looking lawn will draw attention from even the most spectacular flower bed.
As part of your overall efforts to landscape your home, you must focus on the lawn. You must make certain that your lawn looks healthy, is free from dead spots, and free from weeds. You need to properly invest in appropriately maintaining your lawn on a regular basis. You must be certain to avoid a lawn that looks sloppy or unkempt.
By paying attention to these tips and strategies, you will create a beautiful landscape at your home. You will fashion a landscape, and associated gardening efforts, that will enhance the value of your residence, perhaps even a considerable amount.
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Jessica Kane is a writer for Grow Ace, your best online option for getting your new hydroponic grow operation up and running quickly and easily.