For most homeowners, cost is the number one factor they consider when planning landscaping changes or exterior improvements. While there is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for everyone, there are a few rules of thumb you should use to keep costs under control. The essential starting point is to set an upper limit for your budget, then breaking down the various costs involved each step of the way to ensure your landscaping project achieves all your goals without breaking the bank.
If you ask a professional Calgary landscaper, they’ll likely tell you that you should budget about 10 to 15 percent of the value of your home to overhaul its landscape, particularly if it’s a new home. So, for example, if you paid $300,000 for your new home, you should earmark about $30,000 to $45,000 for the landscaping.
That may sound like a lot, but keep two very important facts in mind: first, that budget amount shouldn’t be laid out all at once. As any Calgary landscaper will tell you, a complete home landscaping plan is phased in over an extended period of time — usually several years. Second, a well-landscaped yard and garden can add up to 20 percent to your home’s resale value. That’s why experts suggest capping your investment at 15 percent; it practically guarantees a positive return on investment. Using the above example, spending $30,000 on landscaping can boost the resale value of your $300,000 home to $360,000 — that’s a potential profit of $30,000!
Given the size of the investment you’re going to make, you should do a detailed breakdown to ensure every item you need to complete your vision is accounted for. Here’s a checklist to guide you:
- Hardscape materials: “Hardscape” materials are the raw materials you will use to build your yard or garden. Remember that installation tends to cost only a fraction of what you’ll pay for the materials, so the lion’s share of your budget should be allotted to your hardscaping.
- Plants: In addition to sod and trees, consider hedges, flowers, and other perennials which are well-suited to the Calgary climate.
- Features: Some of the additional features you may consider include rock gardens, gazebos, trellises, fountains, koi ponds, decks and patios.
- Design assistance: If you’re having a hard time settling on a design, or if you’re just not sure how to go about creating your own landscape design, hiring a professional is usually well worth the investment. A well-laid out, professionally designed landscape will require less maintenance and enhance your home’s curb appeal, both of which help you generate a positive return on your investment.
- Implementation: hiring a professional to install your hardscape materials, plants, and landscape features is essential. It will complete the look and ensure you get value for your investment through expert presentation and outstanding attention to detail.
Of course, professional advice always helps, and if you want the benefit of an experienced and knowledgeable Calgary landscaper on your side, trust the pros here at Mirage Landscaping to guide you. Whether you’re looking for yard and garden ideas, need help with budgeting, or simply want expert installation of your hardscape materials, we’re here to help. Please contact us to learn more.