Probably the least understood segment of the nursery/landscaping industry is the cost of design and installation of the landscape. Most homes are sold with very basic landscaping and rarely assess the needs and wants of the homeowner. The downside to the current construction trend is the landscape rarely matches the value of the home. Trees are often underutilized, only have a handful of shrubs and flowers, leaving otherwise beautiful homes looking rather… “bland-scaped.” One of the best ways to increase the value of your home would be to invest in a carefully designed landscape design and install. Better Homes and Gardens posted an article with rough guidelines which seems to match other studies that have been done. Setting a budget around 5-15% of your home’s value isn’t unreasonable to have an attractive landscape. Of course there are some themes and elements that may eat up most of the budget, like and emphasis on hardscaping components (such as pavestone, retaining walls and the like), but what really attracts the eye to landscapes are the softscape elements (Trees, shrubs, flowers, lawn, etc). Having attractive plants are the primary elements which draws attention to the landscape, and are the least costly of most of the elements, and the easiest to add later if you don’t install everything all at once. Click here to book a consultation with one of our design professionals.