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NJ Pool and Landscaping Design: Making the Right Investment

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

NJ Pool and Landscaping Design: Making the Right Investment

Swimming pools and landscaping are often appreciated for the ways in which they increase the overall quality of life around the house. Countless articles and blogs address ways to make the yard more visually appealing. Others detail features that may provide more convenience, entertainment, and fun in the backyard design. Did you know there is another important advantage you may have overlooked? In this blog, we will take a look at how inground pools and landscaping play a role in the actual value of your home. The investment of a new pool and landscape design can pay off in very real ways.

Pool Investments

Studies have shown that inground pools can increase the property value of a home. Years ago, realtors used to express concern about a home’s resale value if you had a pool. Today, the outdoor living feature serves to bolster home values by anywhere from 8 to 15 percent. The primary function of pool designs is to please the present homeowner, but the idea of pleasing a future homeowner can pay off too. Some real estate concerns about homes with pools include safety, efficiency, and durability. Homeowners can worry about the safety of their young kids, how much goes into maintaining and running the pool, as well as the strength and durability of the pool structure itself.

A wise inground pool investment will address all of these concerns and make the home with a pool look even more appealing. Features such as auto-covers and fencing will ease your safety concerns and the concerns of future buyers. Efficient pumps and heaters, such as variable speed pumps and electric heat pumps, make the pool much more cost-effective. Finally, the wisest investments for a new pool are upgraded, durable finishes. Long-lasting plasters and glass tile will most likely prevent you from having to refinish the swimming pool, making it a solid investment. The investment saves you a considerable amount of money and keeps a potential homebuyer comfortable about the pool structure.

Landscape Values

According to reports, landscaping can add up to 20% of your home’s property value. Landscape architecture and a quality landscape design not only increase the property value but also add to the visual appeal of the home, making it more buyer-friendly if the home is on the market. The American Society of Landscape Architects quantifies this suggestion by recommending that homeowners spend ten percent of the home’s value on landscaping. Also, the sooner you invest in your landscape the better; a more mature landscape has a greater value than a newer one.

Some landscape design investment advice involves planning and making wise choices when it comes to materials. To go back to sizing, if you invest early in the landscape design, you can choose small trees and plants for a cheaper price. These plantings will mature and grow into the space; when it comes time to sell the home, the plantings will have had a significant increase in value. For masonry materials, we suggest you stray away from pavers for a patio material if you want a long-lasting investment. Pavers go out of style quicker than other potential patio materials. Materials such as natural stone will provide a nice return on your investment through durability and timeless style. Ten to twenty years from now, if you decide to move, potential buyers will not visit the home and look unfavorably upon the patio because of an outdated style or rundown material. Another landscaping option that will set your home apart from your neighbors and draw more interest/value on the market is landscape lighting. Landscape lighting increases the curb appeal tenfold and will certainly prove to be a nice selling point for the 24-hour outdoor living space.

In many ways, the investment into your landscape design and landscape architecture is an investment into your home. Combined with the value of increased enjoyment and aesthetic enhancement, inground pools and landscaping add real value to the home by the numbers. Consider the maximum value increases of a 15% pool and 20% landscape. You can make a real impact on your life, your home, and your next home with the right investments into your outdoor living space. For more information about planning a landscape design, visit our Luxuryscape website or read about our Landscape Architecture services on our home page. As always, please call or email with any questions.