How much should you invest in improving your landscape? Professionals recommend budgeting 10% of the value of your home. But the important thing to remember is that success doesn't depend on how much you spend. Landscaping doesn't have to be expensive, just be well-planned, says Carl Heldmann, author of Be Your Own House Contractor. Here's how to start building your own landscape plan.
Working with a professional landscaping company will help you understand what's possible within your budget. Going the DIY route would require a lot more work on your part, so you have to decide if budget or comfort is more important to you. Remember, when estimating your budget, you don't have to consider the entire yard, just the areas where you want new gardens. When deciding on a budget, keep in mind that investing in professional landscaping will greatly increase the value of your home.
Understand what things cost by getting at least three estimates, and if you're not sure what to budget for, the American Society of Landscape Architects suggests starting with 5 percent to 10 percent of your home's value.