How much return can we expect from putting in $8K in landscaping for trees in backyard if we sell in 2 yrs?

Asked by Callie, Tennessee Sun Jun 8, 2008

Our home is a custom built traditional 4000 sq. ft home on 3/4 acre built in 2006. We plan to sell in early 2010. We paid $440,000.

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Callie, , Tennessee
Sat Jul 19, 2008
Thanks for all the suggestions. We're going ahead w/ putting in 30 5 ft. tall Leland Cypress trees along our back border to restore the privacy & provide shade( Originally there was total privacy w/ trees and a cotton field and now we're looking at barren land and 6 houses behind us.) Our house is completely upgraded w/ exotic hardwood floors, granite, SS appliances, tumbled marble baths, 3 fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, custom closets, cherry cabinets, etc. so I don't think we could possibly upgrade anymore and make a difference. That being said we feel the trees will be well worth it to restore privacy from our new neighbors in our large backyard.
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Maria Morton, Agent, Kansas City, MO
Wed Jul 16, 2008
Patti has a point, however people do consider the landscaping in that they may find your home more appealing because of it. Trees are environmentally friendly and people are starting to care more and more about the environment. If you have a custom built 4000 sq ft home, I think 8k is a reasonable amount to spend on landscaping. Do some research to find out specifically what trees do well in your area. Consider their full grown size, too. You could ask a master gardener for some suggestions.
Good for you for thinking ahead!
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Pat Starnes, Agent, Flowood, MS
Fri Jul 18, 2008
Landscaping is typically one of the expenditures that is difficult to measure in terms of the return on investment. But I will say that if you can afford the $8,000 and you will enjoy the benefits, beauty, etc., of the improvements for the next two years, go ahead and spend the dough. the cost of landscaping is usually an "abstract"; while you may not get a 50% return on investment in two years, your home could sell twice as fast with the improvements than without. Enjoy!
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Patti Herrin…, , Madison, Brandon & Jackson MS
Wed Jul 16, 2008
Callie...the 8,000 in landscaping i'm sure would make the yard look beautfiul. I doubt very seriouly if you will recoup half of the cost spent. Remember people live inside and not out. Maybe your 8,000 would be better spend on the inside...such as updating kitchen floors, new carpet, new paint, etc....
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