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How Landscaping and Hardscaping Can Add Value to Your Home

By: Francis Kiwaski Published on: September 08, 2019 Category: Testing

What types of value can landscaping or hardscaping add to your home?

Everyone knows that a clean-cut lawn, freshly trimmed hedges, and proper gardening, can all make your lawn stand out from the pack. While this is often true, did you know that landscaping and hardscaping can actually add value to your home? The next time you take a look at a landscaping/hardscaping catalog, you should definitely consider the monetary value it could potentially bring your home. If you're a homeowner, you'll definitely want to keep reading. So let's dive right in, and take a look at what landscaping can do for your home.

Hardscaping and landscaping what's the difference?

Before we get into how either option can add value to your home, you need to know the difference. Hardscaping refers to anything on your property that is hard and generally tends to be man-made. Hardscaping tends to be things like:

- Rock formations in a specific pattern

- Stone paths, slabs, or patios 

- Bricks that you may have around your gardening

- Items that are not "alive"

When you look at landscaping, it is a bit different. Landscaping tends to be decorations on your property that are alive. Landscaping tends to refer to things like:

- Trees

- Bushes

- Shrubs

- Hedges

- Grass

- Plant types

- Gardening

- Flowers

Now that you know what to look for, if you want to add value to your home, you'll definitely need a solid combination of both. This blend will have your neighbors jealous, and buyers begging for a bid on your property.

How to monetize your landscaping 

If you want to monetize your property through hardscaping or landscaping, it is going to take quite a bit of planning. To begin, let's take a look at how value can be added through clever landscaping techniques.

Adding value through landscaping:

If you want to add value to your property through landscaping, you'll definitely need to do more than just cutting the grass. While a clean-cut lawn may look appealing, it will not necessarily attract a buyer. Anybody can pick up a lawnmower, but there are some unique landscaping ideas every homeowner should look at.

It all starts with privacy:

If you can cover your fence line with privacy, you'll begin to monetize your home. Why? Because people love privacy, and using bushes to do so adds a comforting feeling of seclusion. Nobody wants to swim in a pool if everyone can stare at them while they do it. That's just how human beings are at a subconscious level. So if you're looking to monetize your landscaping, you should definitely begin by adding a bit of privacy to your backyard.

Mulching:

Believe it or not, adding proper contrast to your lawn can definitely add to more than just curb appeal. If you're mulching properly, you'll be able to create a beautiful blend of color on your property that will give your home a "pop." This "pop" can actually add thousands when it comes time to sell. Plus, if you want your lawn to look nice, you should always add a proper contrast. 

Edging:

Edging is a bit easier to achieve and tends to not require too much work. The amount of value it adds is lower than your mulching efforts, but it can definitely bring buyers through your door and keep your neighbors jealous. Edging is a practice that allows you to keep your grass crisp around the edges of your lawn. This will create a flush look between your garden, stonework, and even the curb.

Proper design:

Adding a clever design to your landscaping will show that you care about your home, but can also add some serious value to your home. If you have beautiful bushes on both sides of your front door, for example, it can draw quite a bit of attention. This is due to the fact that it looks visually appealing, and shows people that you care about the outside appearance of your home. For buyers, this can be extremely important. So the next time you think about doing some planting, try and come up with a game plan that will help make your lawn look perfect and clever.

Adding value through hardscaping

Hardscaping is something that a lot of people do on accident. While you might think a patio is just a patio, this is not exactly true. A patio is a type of hardscaping that will definitely add value to your home, and hardscaping tends to add much more value than landscaping. Let's take a look at some common ways hardscaping can be used to improve the value of your home.

It's all in the patio and stonework:

The stonework is key when it comes to hardscaping. Whether you have a full-on patio, or a stone path leading to your garden, these hardscaping techniques can add thousands onto your home. The next time you go to lay down some fresh mulch around your flowers, take a walk into the stone section and grab some appealing stones. This may make your job a little more pricey, but when you step back and look at the finished product, you'll be shocked at how nice a simple combination can look. Plus, if you manage to get your hands on a nice patio, you'll definitely get plenty of use out of it.

Fencing:

A nice looking fence can also add to the curb appeal of your home. If you have pets, this is also a great idea to keep them contained. Everyone loves a properly fenced off property, regardless of the material you use, and it can definitely increase the value of your home. There are plenty of fencing options out there, so feel free to go crazy.

Lighting:

Adding proper lighting to your lawn can also help you add some quick value. Feel free to get creative with this, but make sure that your lawn is very well lit. You should try ideas like:

- Solar lighting

- String lighting

- Outdoor lighting fastened to your home

- Patio lamps

- Lanterns

- Pool lights

These are just a few options that are out there, so feel free to look into whatever makes you happy. Chances are it will make a buyer happy too.

Water:

Anything that has to do with water will add the best return of investment on your hardscaping. People love water pieces, and they can really dress up your property. This can range from a fountain, all the way to a small pond. Here are some options you can go with when it comes to adding smart water pieces to your home:

- A fountain, or a birdbath

- An in-ground or above ground pool

- A pond

How to blend the hardscaping and landscaping

If you want to really add value, and make your neighbors jealous, you should definitely utilize a blend of the two techniques. If you're going to plant trees for privacy, try surrounding the base with stonework or brick. This works in both the front and back of your home and the combination will definitely add to more than just the curb appeal of your home.

If you utilize stonework to surround your beautiful flowers, it can add to the overall visual impact of those flowers. Plus, if you use mulching and edging properly, great stonework can actually lead to a better contrast on your lawn. Hardscaping and landscaping should definitely be used in unison because at the end of the day they work very well together. Hardscaping might cost you some extra money, but when it comes time to sell, you'll see a great return on that investment. 

The verdict

If you've already redone the kitchen and bathroom, you might be wondering how else you can add value to your home. Using a proper blend of landscaping and hardscaping is an easy way to boost the value and appeal of your home. It may seem like a hassle, but the benefits are incredible. Not only will your neighbors be incredibly jealous, but people will be lining up to give you an offer. So instead of adding that next home improvement, or installing that pool, try to focus more attention on your lawn.

You might be surprised by the results brought on by a proper landscaping and hardscaping combination, but your home will look better, you'll feel better, and your wallet will thank you later.

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