6 Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Jacksonville Property
By Meredith Hale
If you’re looking to boost the value of your property, landscaping is an excellent place to start. The American Society of Landscape Architects suggests you invest 10 percent of your home’s value in landscaping. You’re likely to get a good return on your investment because landscaping improvements can increase your home’s price from 6% to 13%. We’ve got six of the biggest landscaping trends that will add value to your home.
Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor living areas are perfect in warm climates such as Jacksonville. They expand the usable square footage of your home by giving you and your family extra space to gather and entertain. Backyards also very popular with homebuyers as the indoor-outdoor living trend continues to grow. One of the hottest trends right now is terrace extensions.
These are family rooms inside the house that lead to an outside terrace. They feature complementary building materials, blending the indoors with the outdoors.
Decks and patios also increase living space and can boost your home’s value. You don’t need to start from scratch. You’ll save money if you repair your existing deck or patio. Additions, including new cushions for your patio furniture or decorative plant containers, can spruce up the area without costing much.
If you’re ready to spend big money, an outdoor kitchen is a good choice. This is a huge trend in upscale neighborhoods, and you’ll get a good return on your investment. Outdoor kitchens range from $10,000-$50,000 (or more). You’ll want to hire a professional to install the plumbing, electricity, and gas.
You’ll get a good return if you invest in fencing for your yard. Fences are inexpensive compared to other landscaping options and can add a decorative touch. They help with privacy and security and can be a big selling point for buyers with kids and pets. An added bonus? They can keep out intruders and your neighbors’ kids and pets.
If you want to add more green to your yard, add trees. They shade your yard and cool your home, saving you some green on energy costs. Keep in mind that trees go up in value as they mature.
Not everyone has the time or desire to do a lot of yard work. Consider adding native flowers, plants, and trees that don’t need a lot of maintenance. The lantana is a brightly colored perennial that is drought- and salt-tolerant and will attract plenty of butterflies to your yard. Keeping it simple will appeal to a wider range of buyers, and it’ll help the environment, too.
Outdoor lighting is another inexpensive way to increase your property’s value. Lights add ambiance and allow you to enjoy your yard after dark. They’re also a nice safety feature, lighting the way for your family and guests. Placing solar lights along driveways or pathways will give your property instant pizazz. Best of all, you can install them yourself.
Features such as ponds, waterfalls, and fountains are trending because they add beauty and a Zen-like quality to backyards. They can also be expensive and require a lot of work. This is especially true with swimming pools. Let’s face it: it’s Florida and lots of people here have them and love them. Others consider them a safety hazard for young children and an expensive maintenance headache. You’ll see at most a 7% return on the money you’ll spend on a pool, which is lower than most other improvements.
Whether you’re selling now or keeping an eye on resale value for later, landscaping is a good bet for your home improvement dollars. You can boost your property’s value and enjoy it a lot more while you’re still calling it home.
Meredith HaleMeredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer, and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house-flipping projects, and freely admits her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces.