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ORLANDO, Fla. – When it comes to enjoying their home and adding value, homeowners should pay attention to their property’s landscaping, according to The Appraisal Institute.
Experts from The American Society of Landscape Architects suggest that homeowners invest 10 percent of a property’s value in landscaping. In fact, a well-landscaped home can add anywhere from 6 up to 20 percent in value compared to a property with no landscaping, according to some studies.
Realtors across Florida advise homeowners to take steps to ensure their homes have curb appeal, especially if they’re considering potential resale down the road. Take a look at your home’s landscaping through the eyes of a potential buyer and consider if it would attract positive – or negative – attention.
Here are some tips for successful landscaping improvements:
Stick to the essentials. Spending a relatively small amount on design basics like a a winding flagstone walkway, stone planters and flowering shrubs typically provides a solid return on investment.
Plant a tree. A recent survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service showed that mature trees add on average 10 percent to a property’s value.
Think local. Buying plants that are native to the area – or that need little water and maintenance – can help homeowners save money.
Be efficient. Planting trees in the right places, especially trees that provide shade and help block the sun, can cut energy bills by up to 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.