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As Calgary moves into the winter season, it’s important to start thinking about your spring landscaping project. Apart from creating a beautiful, relaxing space, professional landscaping can do wonders for your home’s value. A recent study found that professionally landscaped homes have 14% higher resale value and sell six weeks faster than non-landscaped homes.

Professional landscapers suggest that 10% of your home’s value should be invested in landscaping. A professional landscaping project can result in more than 100% return on investment, making it one of the best home improvements to invest in. Landscaping features that raise property value the most include decks, water features and outdoor kitchens as well as

– Trees: 5-20%
– Patio: 12.4%
– Hedges: 3.5%

 

Trees are the best investment when planning your landscape. Mature trees greatly reduce heating and cooling costs. A landscaping value study found that 98% of real estate agents believed trees have a powerful impact on home sales. Apart from adding curb appeal and value to your home, there are many benefits that professional landscaping provides, including

– A quiet retreat
– Privacy
– Security
– Reduced energy costs
– Finding the best use of space
– An extension of your lifestyle

Now is the best time to book your appointment for next year’s landscaping project. Although there is tremendous value in hiring a professional landscaper, many homeowners decide to take on their own landscaping projects. If you decide to undergo a landscaping project on your own, the most common pitfalls include placing plants too close to the house, outdoor structures or to each other. Landscaping is a large investment of both time and money, and it’s important to have a comprehensive plan before starting a project on your own. These are common landscape errors that can result in decreased property value.

What has been your experience with landscaping and your home’s property value?