Invigorate Your Yard With Fresh Landscaping

Invigorate Your Yard With Fresh Landscaping

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By Kevin Poon

A common predicament

The Norris’ had been sporting a “For Sale” sign in front of their house for six months. The house was in good shape, showed well and they had about five serious buyers — but no sale. The realtor finally told them that most of these buyers bought homes that were more expensive! Well, that was a shock. She also told them that selling a house in a down market — even a less expensive home — is tough.

“You need to stand out,” she said.

“Stand out how?” they asked. “We’ve painted the house, kept up the yard. What else can we do?”

She showed them pictures of the more expensive homes that had sold instead of theirs.

“See any difference?” she asked.

Yes, they did. Even though the houses looked to be in about the same category as theirs, “Is it the yard?”

“Bingo,” she said. “You can see the difference right away, can’t you?  Lots of nice plants and trees.”

They nodded their heads—painfully. “You mean we have to SPEND money on the yard to SELL the house?”

“In a word, yes.”

They looked at each other and sighed.

Just the facts

Not many homeowners have the statistics that show how much plants and trees increase their home’s value and curb appeal. The investment-return, alone, is something like full to 150 percent recovery. Source: The Gallup Organization

In the meantime, the value of the home goes up anywhere from 7 to 15 percent, when good choices are made and, of course, the curb appeal is beyond measure when the lawn and landscaping are well maintained.

Investing in plants and trees provides a return—a better return than most think, and checking out the CNN Money site will give you some great tips on how to make landscaping your yard pay off.

As for a retirement yield, a landscape investment—properly cared for—could turn out to be much better than current financial investments. Look at TIAA-CREF, online, for some interesting facts about investments.

Choices

  • Doing the landscaping yourself is obviously the least expensive way to go. Trees, plants and shrubs head the list and spending anywhere from $500 to $3000 are good numbers to consider.
  • Go online and find “plants and trees” on a local nursery website like Orlando Plants and see what appeals to you.
  • Look at how your choices grow and what you can expect from them after a couple of years. Even a few well-placed mature trees can make a huge difference. Go to a nursery for advice — experienced staff members will help you with your yard.
  • You could also hire a landscape architect. Even though your initial investment increases, having a professional help you make choices will actually improve the results. It will increase the value even more, because they are so knowledgeable about design vs. growth rates and what you can expect to see when everything is fully mature.

At the end of the day, whether you’re thinking about selling your home in a few years, or right now, installing good landscaping is a valuable investment, recoverable and makes your home stand out in a competitive market.

Author Information

Kevin Poon has been a professional landscaping contractor for over twenty years for both installation and maintenance.  He is currently and online publisher for Orlando Plants & Trees and Miami Plants & Trees.

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