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10 Landscape Improvements to Help Sell Your Home – part 3

10 Landscape Improvements to Help Sell Your Home – part 3

Here are three things that can be costly but necessary.

  1. Repairing lawns.  This can be because of heavy traffic, dog “relief areas” and lawn disease such as brown patch.  You really need a professional to test the soil and investigate the cause and cure for these problems.  Typically, only a few applications of the correct treatment are needed and there is no yearlong contract involved.  In addition, your landscaper can even replant or reinstall sections of the lawn to repair such lawn menaces permanently.
  2. Drainage problems.  If you have areas that don’t drain, or your backyard is constantly wet, you may need to install a drainage system such as a French drain.  This can be costly and more time consuming since there can be a significant amount of digging involved.  Again, hire this out and make sure you have contacted the power, phone and cable companies before any digging.  Normally, your landscaper will notify these companies for you.
  3. Permanent structures.  Retainer walls, sprinkler systems, fences and decks all costs a fair amount of money – but are well worth it for many people.  However, unless you’re a handyman, you will want to have this contracted out.  Irrigations systems run roughly $500 per zone.  If you need five zones, that’s $2,500 dollars.  You can most likely stain fences and decks yourself.  Just plan to donate your weekend for the job and make sure it’s sunny for several days afterwards.  Building or repairing a deck is another matter entirely.  You often save money, and spend less on repairs, if an experienced professional does the work since they have a variety of specialty tools needed for the job.  In addition, they can get materials at a better price than homeowners.

Now you have 10 tips for improving your home’s curb appeal.  Items 1-7 can make a big impact with a small investment of time and money.  For the more costly improvements, you may have to compromise.  Instead of an in-ground irrigations system, you could use several well-hidden hoses on a timer with sprinklers attached.  It can help to keep the lawn nice and green during the summer months, because curb appeal is a big factor for any prospective buyer.

To get more information about any improvements mentioned in this article, please email us or call 919-755-0496.  Four Seasons will be happy to schedule a free quote, soil sample and a consultation at your convenience.

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