Does Landscaping Add Value to your Home?

I know a woman who told her real estate agent, "Let's make an offer" as soon as she saw the 75-year-old copper beech tree in the backyard.

Her passion for nature aside, the mature tree's foliage spread - covering the entire width of the lot - would ensure lower heating and cooling costs.  And as a majestic centerpiece in the yard, that beech might increase the selling value of the house - though likely only if some decking or other landscaping feature was added to enhance the outdoor experience.

A study has found that 98% of realtors believe that mature trees have a 'strong or moderate impact' on the saleability of homes listed for over $250,000; about 83% of realtors thought the trees helped sell homes listed under $150,000.

While mature trees may move home sales, most buyers will not pay extra for trees and lawn, flowers and shrubs, says Chad Tameling of Century 21 Conexus Realty Ltd.

However, you can almost always get a return on your investment from decks and patios, he adds. " As decks have become more desirable, their resale value has continued to increase."

Leave it to the Pros

Sunrooms, gazebos, patios and decks - and their integration with their natural setting - are best handled by landscape architects and designers. Landscaping professionals have four-year degreed training in botany, horticulture, engineering, and design, and are experts in irrigation, soils, and property grading.

Hiring that kind of expertise isn't cheap, of course, but some people - like home decor legend, Bob Vila - say that professional landscaping can add up to 20 percent to the value of your property, as much as the return on a new kitchen or bathroom. Vila also notes that lush landscaping can save you up to 25 percent in energy costs; mature trees provide shelter from the cold winds of winter and shade during the summer's heat.

Of course, not even a professional landscaper can wave a wand and get mature trees! Some other tried and true trends in landscaping include:

  • Outdoor room or terrace extension that links the house and the yard
  • Artificial ponds, fountains, and waterfalls

Keep in mind that not everyone may share your personal tastes in landscaping - so try not to go with custom patio stones that are too customized, or unusual shrubbery, if you're looking to sell your property someday.

Have you invested in landscaping and seen it pay off when you went to sell your home? Leave your comments below.


  1. Rebecca 08/12/2009 at 3:24 PM

    My father is a landscaper who had been working on their personal lawn with great care for close to 20 years. The lawn featured extensive low-maintenance gardens, mature trees, decks, a waterfall with koi pond and attracted many different types of birds within the city.
    Two years ago when my parents went to put the home on the market, the beautiful lawn was what sold the place.
    In a matter of several hours, the property had multiple offers even though the internal condition of the home left much to be desired. One of the offers was ultimately accepted and they received considerably higher for the property than the asking price.
    The potential buyers told us that they wanted the property for its amazing backyard which was an oasis of calm in the city. In this case, the landscaping WAS the selling feature. What seemed to appeal to the potential buyers was the usable outdoor space that had been converted into essentially outdoor rooms, separated by large trees, shrubs and flowers.

  2. Julia 05/09/2010 at 12:56 PM

    Landscaping is a good way to raise interest among buyers, as well as value to your property. However, if you are not that handy with this type of work, then hiring a professional will be the way to go. Otherwise, you might risk turning people off instead of attracting them.

  3. Giulian 10/09/2010 at 10:04 AM

    Hello, I had a question concerning trees, how does one evaluate a tree like a 30 year old Scotch pine? If a tree of this size dies and one wants to replace such a tree of approximate size what would it be valued and how much would it change the selling price of a house or value of a house?

  4. EZ Go Movers Ltd. 01/19/2011 at 4:35 AM

    Yeah! Cool!..I believe that Landscaping really add value to your Home!...I love landscaping! Thanks.

  5. artificial grass austin 10/04/2011 at 4:56 PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog. I've been searching online for some great landscaping tips as I am relandscaping my mothers backyard and its become quite a project.

  6. spokane landscaping 04/24/2012 at 3:45 AM

    Yes, landscaping really adds value to you house. specially, when it feels relaxing.

  7. Landscapers 06/06/2012 at 10:56 PM

    I'm sure it has a huge impact on the sale of a home.

  8. Raj Kang 09/06/2012 at 12:44 AM

    It's make a good environment when our garden have the good landscapers.

  9. Alice 06/02/2013 at 11:38 AM

    Landscaping does add value to your home. Potential buyers are attracted to homes with beautiful and well maintained landscapes which can become a selling point.

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