Investing in your landscape design is a smart move financially as it is possible to increase the value of your home by up to 15 percent. There are many ways you can improve your landscape and obtain your ideal outdoor living space while sticking to your budget.
Take inventory of your property
With any landscaping project, the first step is to inspect and inventory your property. This means walking your property and taking note of everything you come across.
This can include assets such as plants and hardscape materials and also any potential liabilities such as drainage issues, trip hazards, overhanging or dead tree limbs, inadequate lighting, broken or missing fencing, and so on.
You can use this landscape site analysis to help you inventory your property.
Make a list of improvements based on your lifestyle
Once you have completed your property inventory, now is the time to list the things you want to change or add to your landscape. This works best when you think in terms of lifestyle and how you want to enjoy your property.
Do you entertain frequently or want to start entertaining more? An outdoor kitchen or fire pit could help you achieve this.
Do you love to garden or wish to start growing your own food? A vegetable garden or greenhouse could be a good solution for your green thumb.
Do you have children and want a safe and fun outdoor space for your kids to play and explore? Your landscape is an extension of your home and recognizing your lifestyle wants and needs will create the foundation for your ideal landscape design that you can continue to build on.
Consult a professional landscaper
Landscape professionals are great at coming up with creative solutions to designing a landscape plan that fits your budget. They will likely come up with ideas that you never even considered. At Glenn Landscape Services, we will work with you and your budget to create the outdoor space of your dreams.
Although DIY projects can be less expensive than hiring a professional, making sure your landscape design is done right the first time is a big factor in saving time and money.
Prioritize and set a budget
Now that you know everything your property already has and what improvements it needs to fit perfectly into your lifestyle, it’s time to prioritize and set a budget.
Sit down and decide what is most important to you. It’s good to start with improvements your landscape needs in terms of safety and security first, such as going over the list of potential liabilities you made and then move on to the other things you want.
When it comes to your budget, be upfront about how much you’re willing to spend with your landscape professional. If you’re unsure how much to spend on your landscape, five to ten percent of your home’s worth is a reasonable guide. One of the benefits of investing into your landscape design is that it can increase the overall value of your home.
Itemize costs and assess your inventory
When working with a tight budget it’s important to break down the costs of everything you will need for your project before you begin the work. Price everything from materials to equipment rentals and purchases to fuel.
Use your property inventory to cross off any materials that you already have or can utilize to cut costs. If there are things that don’t look like they will fit into your budget, consult your landscaping professional who can help you come up with some creative solutions for lowering costs.
If you need help with planning your next landscaping project, contact Glenn Landscape Services! You can call or email us to schedule an appointment.