How does landscaping add to the value of your home?

Quality LandscapingAs we start our never-ending task of landscaping our home, I did a bit of research around the benefits of having a well landscaped home. Needless to say, the benefits significantly outweigh any pain and hardship you might endure doing it yourself.

There are few home improvements that a homeowner can undertake that add as much increased value and marketability to a property as dramatically as landscaping does. Landscaping provides a number of remarkable benefits.

According to studies (likely funded by landscaping companies), landscaping can actually increase property value by 14 to 20 percent. A simple landscaped patio can add an additional 12.4 percent to the value of a home. Even smaller projects can raise the value of the property significantly; landscaped curbs add up to 4.4 percent in value and the addition of hedges raises value by as much as 3.6 percent. Landscaped properties also sell an average of six weeks faster.

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Guttering finished, and a Liberty invasion!

Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course

Another good weekend.

After meeting with our site supervisor on Friday, and seeing the start of our guttering installation, we opted for a quick trip back out to Stonecutters Ridge, as we were out running errands already. A relatively quick, and unassuming trip, turned into a rather interesting day!

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Stonecutter’s Ridge Golf Course – Opening soon?

stonecutters ridge entrance

With all the bad news we’ve been receiving lately surrounding the delays within the council approval process, it was nice to get some good news.

First posted by our neighbour Amanda at Stonecutter’s Ridge, the golf course is full steam ahead, with the first 7 holes open for play in around three weeks time, and the temporary clubhouse set for completion in approximately 3 months.

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What makes Sydney so great?

Sydney from the James Craig

Everyone knows of Sydney. It’s a popular tourist destination, a popular destination for immigrants, and has even been voted the world’s best city a few years running. But why? What makes Sydney such a magnet for anyone that visits Australia? When we decided to build our home we looked around at a number of different locations across Australia. If there’s ever a good time to make a move, this would be it. As you can see, we decided to stay put in Sydney, even with the outrageous cost of living.

As the world tries to cope with the economic crisis, Australia is dealing with its own problems. A comparison of median house prices with median household incomes in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Britain and the United States found that Australia had the most cities in the “severely unaffordable” category – where house prices are more than five times the median income.

Sure, the cost of living has dropped slightly, aided by the falling petrol prices, but with the unemployment figures rising, and there’s no real relief in sight for the housing market, why do people stay? Why is Sydney somewhere that many people don’t dare leave?

I’ve been living here for just over two years and, compared to the States, life in Sydney (and Australia) has both strong positives and negatives. But really, it’s what you make of it.

So, here’s a few reasons why I believe, it’s worth putting up with Sydney’s high cost of living. (and in no real particular order)

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Off-lead dog park? Yes please

At Stonecutters Ridge there’s a nice big field to kick the ball around. They’ve even built a nice playground. They’re definitely catering to the new families that will be moving in to the neighbourhood. But what about the families with dogs?

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