Few people would deny the peace, beauty, and aesthetic qualities landscaping contributes to commercial properties, but many building owners and managers tend to view landscape projects as an expense rather than an investment. Throughout the period of ownership and when it comes time to sell; however, landscaping pays back in a number of ways.
Attraction of Customers and Clients
People have become very conscious of outward appearances and often draw conclusions about a business or professional service before they walk in the door. If trees and shrubs remain untrimmed, flowerbeds sprout weeds, or the property lacks defined areas, potential customers may turn around and leave. Attractive landscaping says this is a professional enterprise, which entices potential clientele.
Reduced Energy Consumption
Never underestimate the potential for a well-designed landscape plan to save you money in energy costs. During warm weather, grass can keep heat reflection to a minimum, and trees and shrubs block stifling sunlight from the building’s windows and walls. In colder climates, planned placement of trees or outdoor structures can obstruct icy winds and keep snow from drifting into entrances.
Higher Property Values and Rentals
Many factors obviously influence the value of commercial properties and rental rates they command, but a good landscape design increases the financial worth of the building and the rents you can ask. Estimates range from a 5% to 14% increase in market price when landscaping is added to a commercial property.
Faster Sales and Better Tenant Retention
Landscaping not only adds to the value of the commercial real estate, but it also contributes to higher occupancy rates and tenant retention of apartment buildings or retail spaces. A desirable landscape plan makes it easier to attract and keep renters. When the property is put up for sale, it often sells sooner than non-landscaped premises.
To learn more about the ways a customized landscape plan can bring new business and increased value to your commercial property, contact the specialists at Heritage Landscape today. We will work with you to design and build a landscape investment that pays dividends for years to come. Call 816-307-2004 or email us today to learn more!