Blog Stories Shop Talk Vol. 3: Is Landscaping Worth the Investment?

Shop Talk Vol. 3: Is Landscaping Worth the Investment?

By Aryne + Dulcinea, June 20, 2018

The concept of curb appeal has exploded over the last decade, with hit renovation and real estate shows drawing more attention to a home’s exterior charm. But is ponying up the cash for professional landscaping services really worth the cost?


An investigation by The Washington Post revealed the complexities of pinpointing a specific percentage or dollar amount sellers can expect to yield from their investment. Some sources cited a minimum return on investment beginning at 150%, while others declare an approximate increase in home value ranging from 5% – 20%. Though the figures may be up for debate, the consensus is clear: landscaping is worth the investment, as it is likely to increase perceived home value.  To ensure the greatest return on your landscaping efforts, be sure to take these factors into consideration:


Define your budget

Setting your budget will help establish the scope of your project. One of the great benefits of landscaping projects is that they can be effective with limited cost, especially if you’re willing to put in hard labor. Individuals on a limited budget should focus on the front of the house and designated yard areas, clearing unkempt areas and bringing in aspects of color by way of flowering annuals and striking perennials. More extensive project budgets can be used to hire professional landscaping services to create your ideal yard space.


Keep it tasteful

While investing in the exterior of your home will enhance marketability, strategy is key if you want to yield impressive returns. Sellers should be sure that their landscaping blueprints are in line with current trends. Similarly, owners should be aware that less is not always more in the case of landscape design. Landscaping that is viewed as too high-maintenance may actually be a turn-off to many potential buyers. Ask Aryne + Dulcinea for their assistance in selecting a landscaping professional, so you can ensure your future yard is in alignment with your home’s architectural style and modern design practices.


Think long-term

When it comes to landscaping, sustainability is a huge selling point. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, creating an outdoor space that is self-maintained reduces the extent of labor and cost for your home’s future owners.


Investing in your home’s exterior space can be a huge draw for potential buyers, and a well-tended yard can increase the likelihood of buyers setting up a home tour. In making improvements to your outdoor space, seek to create a space that works well in your climate and adheres to current trends. To get a better sense of what buyers in the market are looking for, speak with Aryne + Dulcinea, who can provide you with the professional landscaping services to elevate your outdoor space and maximize your investment!


About Us:
Over the course of their professional partnership, Aryne + Dulcinea have helped over 200 clients prosper in their new lives. During this time, they have prided themselves in their top-notch selling abilities, with homes outperforming market standards, consistently exceeding list price while most of their listings sell in under 7 days. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching your real estate goals.

Aryne + Dulcinea

Earth Advantage Principal Broker | Earth Advantage Broker | ADU Specialists | OR


Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

Dulcinea thrives on working with clients with a range of real estate goals.  Oregon born, with a design and an award-winning professional background, Dulcinea is steadfast when it comes to working for her clients and has a keen eye for properties that best serve client objectives. Licensed since 2013, Dulcinea works in and around Portland.  A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big!

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