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Landscaping costs vs. house costs

Discussion in 'Landscape Plantings and Design' started by JBob, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. JBob

    JBob Knows the Ropes

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    If I buy a house for $200,000 and it has no landscaping, how much should I budget for bushes and flowers to dress it up? Is there a set amount one can plan on?
     
  2. Zappa

    Zappa TREF Member

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    My dad always said about 3 percent for landscape.
    $200,000 house at 3% would be about $6000.
     
  3. JBob

    JBob Knows the Ropes

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    Wow, that seems like a lot. Would that include labor and mulch and all?
     
  4. Zappa

    Zappa TREF Member

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    I would think so. a couple thousand for plants. couple thousand labor and some money for hardscape.
    It would make you a great landscape.
    Of course, you could shop hard for plants and DIY and save some money, for sure. Or do it in stages as you can pay for it.
     
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  5. adele

    adele Knows the Ropes

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    if you hire a good professional landscape designer, you can have a really gorgeous landscape for less money than you would think. :cool:
     
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  6. Zappa

    Zappa TREF Member

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    I agree. A pro who works full-time with shape, seasonal colors, textures, and knows their plants can produce a great scheme.
     
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  7. Barista

    Barista TREF Member

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    I worked for a landscaper for a couple of summers when I was in school. It is hard work and they don't make a lot of money for it.
     
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  8. Frances Farmer

    Frances Farmer TREF Member

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    It is really hard work and you only get a day off when it rains. My brother did it two summers, too.
     
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  9. JBob

    JBob Knows the Ropes

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    :eek: Sounds like sweatin for equity for Jbob...... :)
     
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  10. Trooper

    Trooper Knows the Ropes

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    You can do a great job with planning, and you will save a lot of money. Don't try to do it all in one weekend!
     
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  11. He's got game

    He's got game TREF Member

    Jun 25, 2012
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    Wow! Six Grand? Really?
     
  12. Johnysam

    Johnysam TREF Guest

    A landscaping project can cost you anywhere between $5,000 to over $100,000. While deciding on a budget keep in mind that investing in professional landscaping will greatly add to the value of your home. I must also share a general rule of thumb is to spend 10% of your home's value on landscaping.
     
  13. Chuck Finley

    Chuck Finley Poster to the Stars

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    ^^^^^^
    Both are right on the money! A good plan will get you great bang for your buck.
     
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  14. Chuck Finley

    Chuck Finley Poster to the Stars

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    You had me right up to the "10%" rule of thumb.
    $20,000 in landscaping on a $200,000 house? I don't think so.
     
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  15. Avril

    Avril TREF Member

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    I agree!! More like two or 3 percent.
     
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  16. rabbit

    rabbit TREF Member

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    i agree too. $6000 landscaping on a 200000 dollar home is plenty.
     
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  17. rabbit

    rabbit TREF Member

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    yes. that is crazy money for the average owner.
     
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  18. The Turk

    The Turk TREF Member

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    Crazeeeeee for sure.
     
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  19. Alexis Cooper

    Alexis Cooper TREF Member

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    I agree with you. A good professional landscape designer will do it at less money.
     
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  20. Mike Jaquish

    Mike Jaquish Owner, Realty Arts
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    Landscaping is such a contribution to the curb appeal and initial perception of the property, it's smart to make a reasonable investment.
    10%? That is way over the top.
     
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