Are you looking for a cost-effective way to add value to your home? If so, gardening and landscaping is by far the best choice. How expensive is it to revamp your garden, though? While often used interchangeably, gardening and landscaping are completely different jobs.

Landscaping refers to a “complete plan”. This comprises “softscaping” (i.e. plants and soil) and “hardscaping” (i.e. driveways, retaining walls, pavers and other structures), whereas gardening is simply revamping your garden. Landscape gardening falls in between these two and involves substantially improving your garden space.

It’s unsurprising that landscaping and gardening are among the most common renovation projects people undertake. Real estate agents and landscapers alike agree it will add at least seven per cent to your home’s overall value.

 

How expensive is landscaping?

Your landscaping project can be entirely handled by a landscaping expert. A garden designer will create a design and possibly manage gardeners, however, they usually aren’t qualified to oversee construction projects. Generally, landscaping costs between 5 to 10 per cent of your home’s total value. If your home is worth $650,000, for instance, you should put between $32,500 and $65,000 aside for the project.

At first glance, this can seem excessive. However, it’s important to keep in mind that landscaping encompasses all hardscaping, including the driveway, patio, deck and more. You may choose to spend more on less on your landscaping, but five per cent will cover your gardens, patio, decking and driveway.

Having said that, you may decide to go further and install a pergola, retaining wall or swimming pool. Although a swimming pool is a landscaping project, it is separate from other landscaping costs.

 

What can you expect from a landscaper?

Similar to house plans, your landscaping needs to be designed and planned to the last detail. At this stage, a garden designer will:

• Draw the plan for $850, or;
• Create a complete garden design with 3D renderings for anywhere between $3,000 to $6,000.

What you decide to spend ultimately depends on your budget and the overall scale of the project. As a starting point, here are some popular landscaping services and their approximate cost:

• Installing garden lighting and natural turf – $2,500
• Planting bushes, trees and foliage – $3,500
• Installing retaining walls and plants – $3,000
• Building a deck – $160-$220 per square metre, and;
• Complete landscaping job – plants, lawn and trees (in an empty backyard) – $6,000

Although you may be able to do the project alone, under a landscaper’s supervision, you’re certain to get great results. An experienced landscaper will charge between $55-$70 per hour. It is well worth it, as they’ll organise tradies, so you’ll finish the job faster without paying more than you need to.

 

How expensive is gardening?

Do you want to revamp your existing garden in preparation for sale? In this case, you won’t need to pay for a total landscaping job. You may only need garden maintenance, for which you can expect to pay between $40-$60 per hour. That said, the price will depend on factors like property size and complexity.

For an estimation, here are some typical gardening jobs and their costs:

• Clean up – $50-$100
• Maintenance – $47-$109
• Lawn mowing – $45-$80
• Hedging/pruning – $49-$178

It’s important to remember to factor travel, set-up and clean up into these costs. For the best price, find a service that can handle everything for you. This way, you won’t end up paying extra for these supplementary services over an extended period.

If you’re planning to sell your property, these are some vital jobs to help increase your garden’s appeal:

• Adding plants to empty sections of your garden
• Populating your garden with flowering plants
• Pruning
• Weeding your garden and lawn, and;
• Garden edging (this will significantly tidy the space between your lawn and garden

To impress your buyers even more, we suggest considering more landscaping tasks. Have a clear budget in mind when do you so, however, as it may involve excavation to create “zones”. Gardening and landscaping will add up to $15,000 to your home’s value.

In fact, it can often add even more, especially if you’re doing proper landscaping, rather than simply tidying up the garden. By contrast, if you neglect your garden, it can prove detrimental to your final sale price. Actually, your home’s value can decrease by 5, or even as much as 15 per cent.

It’s helpful to think of landscaping as hardscaping and softscaping. Each of these may require work to increase your home’s sale value. To add that little something extra, you may decide to refresh your patio and decking, or even add some decorative touches to your garden (such as statutes).

Beyond this, there are other ways to add extra value to your home. Pot plants are an inexpensive way to increase your home’s appeal. In addition, making some necessary repairs can ultimately help you command a higher price at sale time. Firstly, your fence(s) may need to be fixed or painted to refresh the overall look, or perhaps you have brickwork. In this case, cleaning the bricks or even having them rendered can vastly increase their appeal.

Although touch-ups like these may seem quite obvious, they are often overlooked. As a consequence, house sellers miss out on an even higher price.

 

Speak to your real estate agent

If you’re not sure where to start, speak to your real estate agent. They can advise you on an appropriate landscaping budget and they can help you budget for associated costs to improve your home’s street appeal. For instance, an old cement driveway can lower the appearance of your home and yard. While it may not need to be replaced, you may need to paint, resurface or repair it.

Above all, ensure you don’t sacrifice landscaping in favour of costly renovations which may go unnoticed by buyers. Remember that buyers are initially attracted by a home’s appearance, so they will definitely notice quality landscaping. It shows you take pride in your home, and they’ll likely pay more for a home they can be proud of.

Whether your landscaping job is large or small, contact the experts at Turf King today. We’ll help to ensure your home looks its best.