Landscaping can make a world of difference in both the appeal and value of a property. It can also tell the world much about your tastes, activities and personality. Property owners who decide to hire a contractor to build a landscape will usually achieve more successful results if they first identify their goals. There are many ways to emphasize different features of a landscape, which include beauty, privacy, safety and convenience, recreation, entertaining and ease of maintenance. Deciding which of these qualities you wish to emphasize can be a key factor in determining your overall satisfaction with your environment for years to come.