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Many in Phoenix ask if investing in a professional landscape design is a solid investment in your home. Will you get your money back when you sell your home? First impressions are as important for a home especially one that is for sale. If you are selling, good landscape design can add up to 20% of the value to your home. Here are some basic rules to follow in order to get the best return on your investment.

Professional Landscape Design

Ask any realtor and most will tell you that a professionally landscaped property is a sure ticket to quick resale. It gives a home curb appeal and that first impression is the same type of return that you get on a new kitchen or bath.

Here Are Some of the Landscaping Basics:

Homeowners should invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping. Landscape design goes beyond plantings or what we call soft scape, this would include structural features like BBQ’s, fireplaces, water features, lighting, courtyard walls, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools, hot tubs, and shade structures. A good landscape designer can work with the client to generate a detailed plan for your back yard and front of your home.

Make Sure You Hire A Pro

When hiring a landscape contractor, go with a licensed professional. Get a detailed plan that your contractor will follow and one that you can manage or have managed after the work is done. These professionals know about botany, horticulture, engineering, layout and design. They are also experts in property grading, water flow, soils, and plant irrigation. Like all building projects, this is an investment in your property so don’t trust the lowest priced contractor, you may end up getting what you pay for, so get the guidance of a professional before you begin.

Landscape designers generally will look at key areas of enhancement for your home. On grade patio, adding a pool, front yard plantings, and exterior lighting are all desirable. Exterior lighting goes beyond security to showcase the natural Arizona beauty. The interest in landscaping and property enhancement is a natural extension of the boom in home renovation and improvement. Homeowners are paying more attention to the link between indoors and outdoors and people are making a better connection to the natural environment and their outdoor space.

Beware of Landscaping Pitfalls

One of the biggest mistake homeowners make is a “piecemeal” approach to their landscaping plans. Homeowners start projects, clear areas, put in a mix of plants and cacti, and proceed without a plan. The result is a combination that will give your property a disorganized feel. A properly implemented professional landscape design provides a polished look to your property rather than looking like an un-made bed . Having a professionally prepared plan and a qualified business doing the work will lead to a more uniformed look and increase it’s value.

Finally, remember that everything doesn’t have to happen at once. Having a plan is even more important. You can have a 2-5 year plan for your backyard playground, adding as your budget or time allows. You can remain within your budget while still progressing toward a complete renovation. Adding a pool & spa, then patio, BBQ, and landscaping, or whatever order you choose can only help by having planned in advance.

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