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.