When it comes to improving your landscape, professionals recommend budgeting 10% of the value of your home. But success doesn't depend on how much you spend. Landscaping can be done without breaking the bank, as long as it is well-planned. Carl Heldmann, author of Be Your Own House Contractor, explains how to start building your own landscape plan. Working with a professional landscaping company can help you understand what is possible within your budget.
If you decide to go the DIY route, you will need to put in a lot more effort. When estimating your budget, you don't have to consider the entire yard, just the areas where you want new gardens. Investing in professional landscaping will increase the value of your home. To get an idea of what things cost, get at least three estimates. The American Society of Landscape Architects suggests starting with 5 percent to 10 percent of your home's value if you are not sure what to budget for.