During the recession in Bend, OR many homes and their landscapes were neglected. The irrigation was turned off for several seasons and plants withered and died. If the water continued, plants and trees were neglected. Pruning did not happen which allowed trees and shrubs to grow too big and become misshaped. With the economy improving in Bend, OR home sales are rising. With the sales of existing home, the trend we are seeing is that people want to renovate their yards for personal enjoyment and to create a better resale value. They want to freshen up the landscape by removing overgrown plants, taking out lawn that has died and creating more curb appeal. They want to expand their outdoor living spaces.
With spring just around the corner, now is the time to complete an assessment of your yard and living space. Examine the existing plants and patios and decks in the yard. Here are some questions to ask:
Do the shrubs and trees obscure your front door? Has that spruce tree that was planted ten years ago next to the house, prevented the painters from painting the exterior of the house? Has the lawn grown into the planting beds and it is hard to mow around the shrubs? Is the concrete slab patio falling apart or the deck splintering?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, than it is probably time to look at renovating your landscape. Will it be a project that you complete on the weekends or will you look for expert help do complete the project and free up time to enjoy your new yard?
A designer and a licensed landscape contractor are good choices when you want professional help. They will work with you to freshen up and reclaim your landscape. With the right design and installation, you will bring added value to your home. Alex X. Niemiera, Extension Horticulturist, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, published an article on the perceived value of landscaping on home values. Based on a number of different scenarios using various different plants a survey was conducted. “Survey results showed that relatively large landscape expenditures significantly increase perceived home value and will result in a higher selling price than homes with a minimal landscape.” 42% of the people responding to the survey indicated design sophistication was most important and 36% said plant size were the landscape factors that most affected value.
A professionally completed design and installation can be very important if you are living in a subdivision where house styles are similar. A new and improved landscape that is different from the neighbors, will attract potential buyers into a home. This advantage is especially important in a competitive housing market.