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Landscaping

Home Selling Advice to Help You Attract Potential Buyers

A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal—the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can help make sure they want to come inside your house by spending some time working on the its exterior appearance.

It's difficult to look at our own house in the same way that potential home buyers do, because when we become accustomed to the way something looks and functions, we can't see its faults. Decide right now to stop thinking of the property as a home. It's a house—a commodity you want to sell for the highest dollar possible.

An alluring appeal begins with the access to your home. If you have no dedicated walkway to the front door, add a simple pathway. A wandering pathway to the front door psychologically feels better than a straight-shot walkway. If you have a plain, straight concrete walkway, create undulating flower beds on either side to encourage a relaxed, friendly feeling. Adding a water feature also enhances the ambiance, because moving water relaxes the body and mind and refreshes the spirit. You want to create a feeling of balance and harmony, like that found in nature.

Start on the landscaping before working in the interior of the house, in order to give plants time to grow, and make sure to plant the areas away from the house if you're also planning to paint the exterior. You don't need to go overboard. Just plant enough to give an impression of healthy growth and to lead a buyer's attention away from any barren spaces through the use of focal points in the landscape.

Another reason to start on the exterior is to motivate your neighbors to also begin sprucing up their properties, because having your entire neighborhood look good greatly enhances the value of your own property.

Well-conceived landscaping gives you the advantage when it comes to selling your house. If your home makes buyers feel good while they're on your property, you'll sell it quickly, and for top dollar!

What is Landscaping?


Landscaping is a profession which involves manipulating the natural environment in an area to make it look a certain way. This profession often relies heavily on gardening, but landscaping also involves the installation of walls and other features, the construction of buildings, and the consideration of an area as a whole. There are a variety of reasons to practice landscaping, ranging from a desire to make an area look attractive to a push to make an area functional for recreation.

Typically, landscaping is confined to a set area, such as the property surrounding a home, office building, museum, or similar structure. Usually a landscaper starts the project by sketching the building and its context, looking at how the natural environment looks, and studying limitations such as neighboring buildings, poor soil quality, and so forth. Once the landscaper has a map of the are to be landscaped, he or she can start to think about design.

Landscaping often starts with laying out pathways, and building up from there to create a lush environment which may include fountains, pools, benches, gazebos, stone retaining walls, and other features. Once the basic groundwork has been laid, the landscaper can start adding shrubs, trees, plants, and so forth to create a desired look. Landscaping may also be themed, as in the case of a traditional English garden, a native plant garden, or a low-water garden.

 

This profession is also an art form, and it takes a good eye to appreciate the existing features of the natural environment and think about how to best manipulate them. Good landscaping flows seamlessly with the natural environment, rather than fighting it. Landscaping also requires extensive maintenance to ensure that it continues to look good through years of use. Once an area has been landscaped, it may be turned over to a gardener or maintenance crew who can keep the individual aspects of the landscaping in good shape, while the landscaper moves on to another project.

Definition Courtesy of WiseGeek


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