Would a nice landscaped garden area be a worthwhile investment for increasing the value of my home?

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Good looking, neat landscaping always looks very attractive.  Especially in the front yard.  First impressions goes a long way when people are walking up to your front door.  Always add new bark, or some type of mulch.  If you are doing this in preperation to sell having a neat, new landscaping should help you get a bit more for the house and there is nothing better than nice curb appeal, this will only add to your home.   And invite people in to your home.  Good looking landscaping in the back yard goes a long way as well.
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October 29 2009
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Curb Appeal need not be a major cost; yet CAN definitely increase both the desirability/praiseworthiness of your home for sale!

Remember statistics say that Buyers decide "within the first 8 SECONDS if they want to buy."
 If they are turned OFF by the outside clutter, jungle, dandelion convention, or garage if your kids' functional and broken toys, WILL they REALLY---
 A. WANT to come inside and even look at your place? and...
 B. Be fairly well assured that you keep the INSIDE pristine , while the outside looks gunky/junky?

C. It can ONLY improve your chances of a better assessment or chances for a higher sale price if it looks better; so, with that stated clearly, "What do you have to loose, to spiffy it up some, even on a minimal budget? It need not be complex."

Sometimes, nice mulch, a rock garden, few shrubs, cut back hedges and a small tasteful sit out Bench is all that is required...(Waterfalls are nice too- yet more costly.) It depends on your terrain, & climate.  Good Luck...
~Melody
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October 27 2009
Attractive, maintainable landscaping, especially in front, almost always encourages buyers to feel a connection to, and imagine living in, a house and so helps sell the house.  By landscaping, I am talking about grass/lawn and decorative islands with shrubs, trees, and spots of brightly colored flowers in season.  Whether landscaping actually increases the value of a given house depends on the house, the neighborhood, and the landscaping itself. 

If by garden you mean a vegetable/herb or complex flower garden, those are more personal - some people respond with enthusiasm while other people do not want to take on that level of maintenance.  Traditionally those gardens go in back or on the side - where they are not part of the first impression of the house.   

I suggest you visit open houses in your area and at or somewhat above your price point.  In fact, just drive around your neighborhood and compare your yard to others.  Look for inexpensive ways to ensure your landscaping is as nice as, or even slightly nicer than, the area's norm.
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Not in this economy. 
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October 26 2009
What I suggest to my clients who want to improve the landscaping is to look into green landscaping as well as rainwater recapture and other ecofriendly upgrades to the yard. Green upgrades do tend to add some value and desirability to your property, how much depending on what is done.
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