Increasing your Home’s Value By Selecting The Right Landscape Contactor

For homeowners interested in increasing the value of their property, landscape improvements are an excellent means for adding both beauty and worth to your home. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business article entitled “Fertile Ground” by spending just 5% of your home’s value on improving your landscape a typical homeowner can expect a return between 8-15% or higher on investment. To maximize this investment and the future enjoyment of your property, selecting a qualified and professional landscape contractor is the most important decision you will make when deciding to landscape your home.

1. What are landscape improvements?

Landscape improvements are those things that add “curb appeal” to your home and include both “softscape” and “hardscape” elements.

Softscape – refers to plant material, including evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, ground-covers, and perennials. A well-designed landscape has a choreography of plants that blends together different specimens and varieties in varying quantities based on colors textures and growth habits.

Hardscape – includes (but is not limited to) natural stone accent walls, brick paver walkways, overhead garden structures (trellis’ or gazebos), and fountains. Additional considerations include outdoor lighting to brighten and accent your evening landscape and irrigation systems to help maintain health planting and lust lawns.

2. How do I select a Landscape Company?

Once you have decided to invest in landscape improvements, the most critical step will be in locating a landscape company capable to meeting your needs. Your best bet will to hire a design build landscape company. Design build companies are able to handle all phases of your project, from concept and design through actually installation. Because these “one-source” companies have both professional designers and labor crews on staff, communication is enhanced and installations are seamless.

In selecting a contractor, it is a good idea to ask for references and even for specific addresses if installed jobs in which you can see first the quality of a company’s works. It is also a good idea to talk to friends and neighbors for referrals. And lastly, once you have selected a company, it is helpful to create a checklist that includes everything that you would like to have done. Not only does this list give you added control over the project but it actually helps the designers to produces a design that is particular to your needs.

Deciding to install a new landscape can be daunting…5% of your home’s value is, after all, no small investment. And if he images of sitting on a wrought iron bench amongst the butterflies in your new garden, sipping lemonade and admiring the beauty of the new landscape, isn’t enough to calm your nerves, simply remember back to that magical 8-15% number cited in the Wall Street Journal!

Remember, Tepe Landscaping can help you with you project. Be sure to contact us at anytime you have questions or need help with a new landscape design for your home and business.

10 Comments
  1. It is interesting for me to learn the difference between softscape and hardscape landscaping. I did not realize that softscape refers to plant material and hardscape refers to fountains and gazebos. I want to put a gazebo in my backyard. I can now let them know that I need hardscaping done in my yard.

  2. I think selecting a landscape company can be confusing if you do not already know what you want. I think that it is important to create a plan before you do the hard landscaping. I agree that asking for references is really important in selecting a landscape company.

  3. I think that it is important to update your landscaping often. It can really increase the value of your home. I think plants are a large part of landscaping.

  4. Thank you for the help. My wife and I are looking for a good landscaping service to help us with our yard. I like the idea of making a checklist of our goals for the yard. Should the landscaper be able to help us determine if the goals are realistic or not?

  5. In your article, you suggested that design-build companies are able to handle all phases of your project, from concept and design through actual installation. My wife has been wanting to add some landscaping features to our yard but doesn’t know what type of features would be most beneficial. I wonder if there are landscaping features that are only effective in certain types of landscapes and climates.

    • Yes of course Derek McDoogle, there are things that would work best in certain types of climates and terrain. When I am drawing plans up and going over the wants and needs of my clients I always lead them in the corret direction of plants,trees,mosses,even water will be different and react different to different terrain and climate. Dirt is also different and can affect things negatively and or positively.

  6. Thanks for this article! I definitely agree with this! Hiring the right landscape contractor will make your home more attractive plus it increases your home value. Asking references is really important when choosing a landscape contractor.

  7. This actually makes a lot of sense. Now it’ll be easier for me to find ideal landscape services this time.

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