In this, the age of screens, our need for time and space in the out-of-doors is essential to our physical, mental, and even spiritual health. One way to engage with nature is to create a landscape around your house that draws you and your loved ones outside.
The good news is that it’s not that hard to create a landscape of your dreams when you have the help of Crystal Peak Landscaping!
How does landscaping benefit you?
First, both landscape improvements and outdoor living spaces continue to add value to homes, helping to make them more marketable. Second, with the improving economy, families have more available resources to upgrade their homes, and increasingly they want comfortable outdoor spaces in which to relax. And third, there is a trend toward smaller houses, especially among Baby Boomers and Millennials, so that homeowners strive to make the most of the space they do have by expanding their living space outdoors.
- Landscaping can add as much as 14% to the resale value of a building and speed its sale by as much as 6 weeks.
- A Clemson University study documented the impact of landscaping on resale value of single family residences. A house that obtained an excellent landscape rating from a local landscaping professional could expect a sale price 4 to 5 percent higher than equivalent houses with good landscaping. Homes with landscaping ranked poor relative to neighboring homes with excellent landscapes could expect a sale price 8 to 10 percent below equivalent homes with good landscape appeal.
- By spending 5% of the value of your home on the installation of a quality low- maintenance landscape, you could boost the resale value by 15%, earning back 150% or more of your landscape investment.
- A survey in Quebec found that hedges raised property values by 3.6%, a landscaped curb by 4.4%, and a landscaped patio by 12.4%.
- A study by Joel Goldsteen of the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Arlington, showed that, of all the architectural and urban design variables evaluated, landscape amenities had the highest correlation with the occupancy of rental properties.
- Properly selected and placed plants can lower home heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.
- Proper arrangement of landscape plants around buildings can substantially reduce both heat loss and cold air infiltration through walls and floors during the winter months.
- Carefully positioned trees can reduce household energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25%. Computer models from the U.S. Department of Energy estimate that three properly placed trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in heating and cooling energy costs annually.
- A tree shading an outdoor air conditioner unit can increase its efficiency by as much as ten percent.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if your home is not already shaded you can reduce your air conditioning costs by 15% or more by adding a well-planned landscape. This is accomplished by using trees and bushes to block the sun from windows and walls; reducing air temperatures outside the home with properly placed shade trees; and planting groundcovers, trees, and shrubs to reduce the heat reflected from the ground to walls and windows. Shrubs and vines planted next to the house provide year-round insulation by creating an air space.
- In a survey of one southern community, 74% of the public preferred to patronize commercial establishments that had structures and parking lots planted with trees and other landscaping.
- A survey of consumers in eight U.S. cities showed that retail shopping districts with an orderly and well-maintained planting scheme, including both trees and accessory vegetation, received the highest visual quality ratings.
- A mail survey of licensed drivers in Washington state found that the presence of trees and green space appears to positively influence both consumers’ attitudes about the character of a place and the prices that shoppers are willing to pay in local businesses.
- An interview-based survey of business owners and business association staff indicates that trees and landscaping in neighborhood commercial districts 1) create a pleasant space that attracts people; 2) act as an outdoor extension of the business’ customer service commitment; and 3) can help to develop a distinctive identity for and define the boundaries of a business district, thereby encouraging return visits.
- The organization Partners for Livable Places maintains that plants are the fastest, most cost-effective agents for changing negative perceptions of an area, enhancing the economic and social conditions and improving the psychosocial health.
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