How to Sell Your Home in a Slow Real Estate Market – Landscaping

With the real estate market so slow at this time, you need to know all the tricks of the trade for selling your house. Landscaping is one of the most effective and affordable ways to help your home stand out from other houses for sale in your area. Increasing the “curb appeal” of your home with an improved landscape is one of the easiest “tricks” in real estate and one of the quickest ways to add resale value to your home. Since you only get one chance to make a good first impression, you can add colorful trees, shrubs and evergreens, freshen the mulch and increase the WOW factor of flowers. Even changing or adding walkways, a patio, deck or water garden gives your potential buyer great ways to remember your home. Having nice, attractive landscaping welcomes them as they walk to the front door.

If a homebuyer is looking at a number of homes, you want your home to be one they are still thinking about later. Because plants that you add to your landscape continue to grow and mature with time, they continue to add value since so many people appreciate having good sized trees on their lot. Beautiful trees and shrubs really make a house feel like a home. A tree that may only have a value of $100 to $200 when planted has a replacement value of $1000 in just a few years. If you have already done the work for them, the potential homebuyer will see this as a huge advantage too. A home improvement project such as a bathroom update can return as little as 20% of the cost it took to do it. For example, if you were to spend $500 changing cabinets, faucets, etc., you might only realize a gain of about $100 in the overall value of your house.

This is also true for basement remodeling and similar types of upgrades. Even kitchens, which probably have the most ROI of any interior project, often return only 75% of the cost to do the work. With landscaping though, $500 spent can immediately increase the house value $500 to $1000 or more and continue to increase as the plants gain size and beauty with growth. Obviously if kitchens and bathrooms need updating in order to really make the house saleable, they may need to be done just to get the house sold, but don’t expect to get nearly all the money spent back out of the changes that you can for exterior landscape upgrades.

A nice thing about a gardening venture is that you can either do it yourself or have a professional landscaper design and install plants, ornamental features and hard goods. You can decide when you want the project completed based on your budget, time factors of when you want the project completed and your other particular needs. Selling your house in a tough real estate market requires a great first impression to get the buyers in the door. Remember that improving the outdoor living area of your home will not only create that great first impression, but might even raise your home’s sale price.

Buying a Tree for Screening

Trees can be used as natural screens to create more privacy for you and block unpleasant sights. They can also reduce wind, light and any unwanted noise from cars, commercial properties and outdoor machinery. You can also use trees to define and enhance the look of your outdoor space, improve the view from your home or building, add environmental interest and even change the flow of traffic through the area.

When planted next to each other, privacy trees can become a living wall that shields your home or business from the view of neighbors, vehicle operators, pedestrians and other passersby. They can hide specific areas, such as a backyard or driveway, minimize dust from open parcels of land, and decrease the spray from any water that is close by.

Using trees to reduce sunlight can save you money on utilities by reducing air conditioning use, and enable you to grow foliage that does best in the shade. Large trees for sales can be found to accomplish this.

Trees for screening can be planted in many different places, including between houses and buildings, along highways, and in parking lot islands. Deciduous trees will begin losing their foliage in the fall, while evergreen trees will provide screening all year long. These differences are important when identifying trees to plant that will suit what you want to accomplish.

One of the best trees for large areas is the Leyland Cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii), a coniferous evergreen. The Leyland Cypress not only grows extremely tall (up to 50 feet or more), it is also one of the fast growing trees – approximately two to three feet per year. These trees can be grown in many different types of soil, they require very little maintenance and can even be cut into a hedge.

Another popular screening tree, particularly in the Northwest, is the Emerald Green Arborvitae (tree of life). An evergreen and member of the cedar family, the Emerald Green Arborvitae usually grows between 12 to 14 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet in width. It is considered a fairly slim tree, even though it has thick foliage. These trees do well in full sun or partial shade, and keep their color all year long. The Emerald Green Arborvitae can be planted in rows and pruned to the desired size. You can usually find a tree nursery in Seattle & other northwest areas that stock this type.

There are many factors to consider when deciding what type of tree to plant for screening, such as soil conditions and a tree’s particular characteristics. If you are considering looking at tree sales to purchase a tree for screening, consult tree nurseries with big trees for sale who can recommend the best type for your particular screening needs.

Landscaping For Better Curb Appeal

One of the most visual elements of any home is the yard and gardens. They may seem to take a backseat to custom interiors and rooms but they play a huge role in a home’s appeal. If you are selling your home now is a great time to improve the yard as the weather is fantastic. Keep in mind that the front of your home is ground zero for first impressions. If the home is not attractive at first glance, people may not look any further.

Let’s break the yard up into a few different areas; gardens, trees & shrubs and the home itself. Taking the time to bring each area up to snuff is a good investment in your home and can help to sell homes quicker and generate lots of buyer interest.

Gardens – Gardens are one of the easier things you can focus on to improve the look of a home. Start by weeding and removing any old plants that may not be as appealing as you want.Once the garden is free of weeds and old plants, lay down some new topsoil. When thinking about flowers and plants try to pick colors that accentuate the colors of the home, glaring differences in color can be unappealing to buyers. Once the flowers are planted, laying down a mulch can help the garden to retain it’s beauty and color, it also stops weeds from coming back. Also, try to consider what climate you are living in and plan your flowers appropriately, some plants will not do well in some climates. Want to try something different? try making a rock garden!

Trees & Shrubs – Trees and shrubs can be the anchor points of a yard. There is nothing like a well-maintained hedge to bring privacy to a yard. Trees need some special mention as their majesty can enclose a yard and give it that special foresty feeling. Evergreens are a great choice for this as they do not lose leaves and maintain their beauty year-round. Shrubs can be utilized to create pathways and areas of respite and tranquility and are easy to maintain. Shrubs can also be an attractive sidebar for driveways.

The Home – Well here is the focal point of the whole property. Attractive homes equal easy sales, there is no two ways about this fact. Take some time and asses your home. Does it need paint? A new roof? Maybe it just needs a good cleaning. Whatever it needs, make sure you do what is necessary to bring the home’s aesthetic value up to par. Remember there is a lot of competition out there!