Monthly Archives: September 2016

How’s Your Curb Appeal

Front elevation of luxury home in evening

Curb appeal is a popular buzz word in real estate. Your home will be judged within seconds based on how it looks from the outside, regardless of how many interior upgrades you have done.

Knowing this, we highly recommend to our clients that they evaluate their landscaping on a yearly basis to ensure it is always looking its best.

BUT MY YARD LOOKS GREAT

Let’s be honest, no one is going to tell you that your landscaping looks awful. The homeowner is often the last person to realize their yard needs work.

Next time you approach your home, stop at the street and take an honest look to see how it appears. Also, compare it to the rest of the neighborhood. Is it beautiful and well maintained, or is it overgrown in places, needing a little work.

YOU WON’T SELL WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE

While having professionally maintained landscaping is great, all the time, money and effort you put into your yard is wasted if you can’t see your home due to overgrown trees and bushes.

While it may not be a big deal to you at this time, it will affect resale. Additionally, there are benefits you can enjoy immediately by trimming and removing overgrown trees and landscaping.

I personally had a tree get so big in my front yard that we couldn’t see half of my house. The fact that it was a great tree and looked so pretty in the fall kept me from seeing the reality that it needed to go.

We hired a well respected landscaper who made some recommendations including removing that tree. I fought him on it but now that it’s gone, I realize we should have done it much sooner.

Not only can we see our house again but we get a ton more sunlight in the rooms that were previously darkened by the shade of that tree.

NOW WHAT?

If you have the means, I highly recommend hiring a professional landscaper to assess your property. I realize it’s not a cheap endeavor but it’s a worthwhile investment, especially on higher end homes.

If cost is a concern, the internet has a ton of sites full of great do it yourself ideas. Fall is a great time to get good deals on trees, bushes and perennials, so now is the time to take action.

How the outside of your home looks is a reflection of you. So take some time to make sure it looks great.