landscape design – benefits
What are the benefits of landscaping?
- A well-designed landscape will cut your summer and winter energy cost dramatically, protect your home from winter wind and summer sun and help control noise and air polutions.(1)
- Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling.(1)
- On average, a well-designed landscape provides enough energy savings to return your initial investment is less than 8 years.(1)
- A well-planned landscape can reduce an unshaded home’s summer air conditioning cost by 15-50%.(1)
- Shading and evapotranspiration from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 9 degrees F.(1)
- Studies by Lawrence Berkeley laboratory found summer daytime air temperatures to be 3-6 degrees F cooler in tree shaded neighborhoods than in treeless areas.(1)
- Research conducted from 1996-97 in South Carolina showed that home price premiums increased 6 to 7 percent for home landscapes that were upgraded from good to excellent and 4 to 5 percent for and upgrade from average to good.(2)
- Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate.(3)
- By spending 5% of the value of your home on the installation of a quality low-maintenance landscape, you could boost the resale by 15%, earning back 150% or more of your landscape investment.(4)
- A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.(5)
- 95% of the members of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers say landscaping adds to property value, while 99% agree landscaping increases speed of home sales.(6)
- In another study, 83% of Realtors believe 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%.(7)
(1) – Landscaping for Energy Efficiency. Energy efficiency and renewable energy clearing house. National renewable energy laboratory. FS 220, April 1995.
(2) – The effect of landscape plants on perceived home value. Virginia Cooperative Extension. Pub 426-087, 2009.
(3) – Money magazine.
(4) – Smart money magazine, March 2003.
(5) – Council of tree and landscape appraisers.
(6) – Society of real estate appraisers study, 2003.
(7) – Arbor national mortgage & american forests.