The Value of Plants & Landscaping

  •  Quality landscaping can add 7 to 15 per cent to a home’s value.

Source: The Gallaup Organization

  • A study by Environmental Companies found that landscaping as an investment is nearly always recovered and can help reduce time on the market.
  • Researchers at Clemson University conducted a study of home sales and compared the results based on varying levels of landscape quality. Homes with “excellent” landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 per cent higher the equivalent houses with “good” landscaping, while improving landscaping from “average” to “good” can resulting a 4 to 5 per cent increase. Not only were type, size and condition of the plantings considered but also the overall design. Well-designed landscaped homes had faster sales because of first impressions…
    Source: Clemson University
  • Landscaping as a home improvement project can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 per cent at selling time providing it is well designed and installed and harmonizes with the nearby surrounding. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 per cent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling an 80 to 120 per cent recovery rate, an addition of a swimming pool, a 20 to 50 per cent recovery rate.

Source: Money Magazine

  • A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000 Source: Council of Tree & Landscape Appraisers
  • 99 per cent of real estate appraisers concurred that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real elate.

Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association.

  • 83 per cent of realtors believed that mature trees have a “strong or moderate impact” on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000, on homes over $250,000, this perception Increases to 98 per cent.

Source:  American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage

  • In Canada, researchers at Quebec’s Laval University made detailed survey study of 760 home sales and found that landscaping attributes (trees, flowers, plants, hedges) can “command a substantial market premium.”
  • Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 per cent, by shading the widows and walls of a home.

Source: American Public Power Association

  • Trees can minimize bothersome noise by up to 50 per cent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.

Source: US. Environmental Protection Agency

 

  • Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit

Source: American Forests

  • A small urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion, storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits.

Source: American Forests

  • Plants and landscaping increase job satisfaction. Employees with an outside view of plants experience less job pressure and greater job satisfaction than workers viewing man-made objects or having no outside view. They also report fewer headaches and other ailments than workers without the view.
  • Nature increases worker productivity. Psychologists have found that access to plants and green spaces provides a sense of rest and allows workers to be more productive
  • A recent survey by the federal government found that the mere mention of the word “Landscaping” in real estate ads had particular resonance with homebuyers. Ads containing the word resulted in a selling price 6% higher than those that didn’t. Even more surprising, the word speeded sale time by a whopping 20%
  • Top reasons people garden:

To be outdoors (44 per cent)

To be around beautiful things (42 per cent)

Relax and escape the pressures of everyday life (39 per cent)

Stay active and get exercise (35 per cent)

Source: American Demographics, Roper Report 

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