How to Get Your Landscape Ready for a Home Sale

If you were to put your home on the market today, what would prospective buyers think of your yard? Would it turn them away? Have you been neglecting it?

Today’s home buyers want to purchase move-in ready homes. They do not want to fuss with extra yard work or worry about renovations. Something as small as rotted plants or a faded water fountain facade can signal to a buyer that you do not care enough to keep up the home. This will most definitely turn them away.

With a few minor updates, you will save money in the long run by selling your house for what it is worth. Don’t give buyers any chance to say “no”!

Well-kept Beds – A little edging goes a long way. Even curving the edge of your flower beds to give the yard a more manicured look will increase your chances of a sale. A quick fix: If you have overgrown plants, widen your beds so the plants appear smaller to the natural eye.

Color Sells – If your landscape needs a quick pick-me-up, consider adding dashes of color with petunias or additional annuals that will continue to flower year-round. If you have the budget, add some large perennials. They will “wow” potential buyers and make the landscape look more attractive.

Depth Perception – Who said your mind can’t play tricks on you? If you place your plants away from your property line, your home will look farther away from the road and appear larger than it is. Also consider plants around the perimeter of the home to accentuate it and add some to block items you want to hide from potential buyers.

Green Grass – A brown or yellow lawn is a deal breaker for many potential home buyers. Ideally, you should start beautifying your grass long before you put your home on the market. But, if you are in a time crunch, try one fertilizer treatment to help “green up” the lawn. Some experts will also recommend green spray paint to spruce up dead grass areas.

Privacy – Buyers want to know their yard will be private. A beautiful landscape will lose its loveliness once a potential buyer sees and hears the neighbor’s kids splashing away in their pool. This is one of the most important factors to a landscape design.

If it is within your budget, consider a fence to surround the perimeter of your property. Even low-cost fences will be better than none at all. If you are not ready to sell the house just yet, evergreen shrubs will grow tall enough to create a private environment in a few short seasons.

Add Character – If your landscape is lacking drama and pizzazz, add a few elements to “jazz” it up. Consider statues, swings, or hammocks depending on your location. Create an oasis that will draw in your potential buyers. Add seating areas and places to relax and appreciate nature. The more appealing you make your landscape, the greater the chance you will receive an offer. Remember that it’s often an emotional experience that brings a buyer to make a decision.

How to Choose the Right Tree Removal Service for Your Landscape

Even the most skilled landscaping “do-it-yourselfers” know when to call in the professionals. Consider this scenario: The morning after a particularly rough storm you are sitting in your kitchen with a hot cup of coffee. Your gaze floats to your perfectly manicured flower garden, and as soon as your eyes hit the buds, you scream. A massive tree branch has fallen right on top of your beautiful roses.

Infuriating, yes, but it does happen. Anything from storms to simple overgrowth can turn this hypothetical scenario into a grim reality. To prevent such an occurrence, inspect your trees routinely for ominous-looking branches. If you find any, calling a tree removal service is the safest way to remove the offending limbs.

Unfortunately, many people have trouble knowing what to look for when hiring a tree removal company. If you follow a few simple tips, however, you will find technicians you can trust to get the problem under control.

Do Your Homework before You Hire

It’s important to shop around before settling on a tree removal service. Ask people you trust for recommendations. In the case of a bad storm, chat with neighbors who also had tree limb damage to find out which company they are using to clean up the mess.

If you need a different route, the Internet is your one-stop resource. We live in an age of endless information, which means that service providers have much greater accountability due to public customer reviews. Create a short list of tree removal companies in your area and search for each one by name. Look for any public Better Business Bureau reports or negative reviews on websites. When you find a couple of trustworthy companies, dig a little deeper into the research.

Cover Your Bases by Checking Credentials

Never hire a tree service that demands you pay in advance. Choose a service with references you can independently verify, and opt for a company that offers free estimates before they begin their work. If the estimate sounds ridiculously high, get a second estimate from a competing company to verify that the quoted amount is legitimate.

A written contract, licensure, and proper insurance coverage are “must-haves” for the tree removal service you choose to hire. Check for licensure and request to sign a written contract with a clear description of the job to be performed along with the quote for the work. In addition, tree removal work is very risky, so ensure the company carries good liability insurance to protect yourself, the workers, and your property.

Finally, ask the tree removal service about the method used to ascend the tree. Stay away from companies that employ climbing spikes. These can dig into the cambium of your tree and damage it severely – sometimes beyond repair. The company you choose should ascend trees using an aerial lift or ropes to protect the trees from damage.

Selecting the right company for your tree limb removal job will ensure you have a good experience and that your tree is removed quickly, efficiently, and most importantly – safely.

The Benefits of Working with a Landscape Professional

Though many DIY landscapers enjoy maintaining their home inside and out, some are fed up with the work and want to hire a professional. Between the season changes, grass and weed growth, and worrying, handing over the work to someone who has much more experience may be just what the doctor ordered.

Climates

Landscape professionals are familiar working in varying climates. Experienced landscapers know which plants fare well in different seasons and they will help you choose accordingly. Throughout the year, your plants’ needs will change and they must be cared for appropriately. If you are not ready for the challenge, you could lose your plants and risk the beauty of your garden.

Maintenance

If your garden consists of a small stretch of grass and a few rose bushes, the maintenance may be a breeze. But, larger landscapes require more time and care and most homeowners do not want to invest the time and resources to keeping it up to standard.

The appearance of your landscape is very important especially if you plan to sell your home in the future. Your lawn and yard is a direct reflection of how well you keep your home and its inherent monetary value. Curb appeal is one of the top selling features of a home and one of the factors that contributes to the overall value of a neighborhood.  Climate change, neglect and lack of knowledge can affect the look of your landscape and the future value of your home.

Curb appeal is also a reflection on you. Homeowners want to make a good impression in front of friends and family and a poorly maintained home speaks volumes to onlookers. People consider a poorly maintained home as a reflection on the ideals of the homeowner regardless of whether they are true or not.

Time

Many homeowners have little time to care for their properties and the last thing they want to spend their time on is their lawn. With families, demanding jobs, and no free time to enjoy, lawn maintenance is a job they can do without. In these cases, hiring a professional is a good choice. The stress and lack of family time is not worth the small cost of weekly lawn maintenance.

Loss of Control

Many homeowners feel out of control when maintaining and designing their landscapes, especially if they are novices. They are forced to leave other important matters behind because the stress of landscaping is always at the forefront of their minds. They are left to worry about climate changes, weed pulling, grass growing and how to keep the yard looking beautiful year-round. For an experienced professional, these issues are par for the course, but for an inexperienced homeowner, they are details he/she can do without.

If any part of landscaping has your stomach in knots, consider the work of a professional. By handing over the stress, you can rest easier and enjoy more time with the people you love. If you hire the right landscaper, you can be confident that your lawn is in great hands and you will never need to lift a landscaping finger again.