What's the easiest way to add 15% to the value of your own home? According to a recent Gallup Poll, your best bet may be to forget about adding a swimming pool and plant a few shrubs, instead.
Buyers of new and previously owned homes alike believe that attractive landscaping adds nearly 15% to the value of their property, the survey says.
But don't bother with bonsai; old-fashioned shade trees, common shrubs and top-quality lawns are the most sensible landscaping investment for a suburban home, says Jamie Gibbs, a landscape architect and editor-in-chief of Landscaping Homes & Gardens magazine.
Although garden flowers are nice, Gibbs adds, trees and shrubs are better because flowers are perceived as being difficult to maintain and costly to replace. And, as any 8-year-old will attest, you just can't hang a tire-swing on a daffodil.