Financial Advantages of Gardening
There’s money in a home garden according to a new report from Husqvarna.* American homeowners selling a home showed that for every dollar invested in landscaping they saw a return of $1.80. The majority of real estate agents in the survey reported that a “neglected garden lowers the property price” approximately 5-15%. Location and the importance of landscaping in the local community would be a determining factor in how much a garden and good landscaping is worth. The number one element of landscaping is a well maintained lawn followed by an outdoor social area. Most home sellers don’t consider money and time spent on landscaping, gardening, and outdoor living spaces worth the hassle. Homebuyers disagree. Many homeowners regard the outdoor living spaces a sanctuary from the pressures of the daily grind and as a meeting place for friends and family. Having trouble selling? It may be time to re-think your landscaping.
*The Husqvarna Group is the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors.