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Landscaping a Short Sale

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Bare with us for a moment, we’re venturing into the real estate topics today. But so much of our industry deals with curb appeal and property values right now, we thought we’d take a minute and talk about how landscaping is important when selling your house – and even when you’re going through a short sale.

What is a Short Sale?

A short sale is when the homeowner and the bank have an agreement that a house can be sold for less than what is owed to prevent a foreclosure. The bank agrees to forgive the remaining portion of the home mortgage if it can be sold through a short sale. For home buyers, this is often a great deal if they can manage to wait for a lengthy process. For home sellers, this is a more favorable option than foreclosure, as it doesn’t hurt your credit as much and go on your records.

How does Landscaping Help Short Sales?

Landscaping your property can impact property values. It doesn’t only make interested home buyers desire to buy your place, but it also increases the likelihood that someone will fight to get into your home. The more charm and beauty you can add to your home, the more likely that home buyers will stick it out just to get into your property.

Buyers interested in short sales are out for a good deal. If your property isn’t well maintained, and the lawn not kept, your buyers may try to get an even lower price from you and the bank. But, if you’ve kept your landscaping nice and lawn mowed, you may receive a higher offer than if you’d let it go. Short sales are known for being better kept than foreclosed homes, so nice landscaping can only exceed the buyer’s expectations.

Easy Ways to Improve your Short Sale’s Curb Appeal

If you’re looking for budget-friendly ways to increase your curb appeal, consider adding mulch in your flower beds and around your trees. You can even buy mulch in bulk to make sure you have enough to go around your property. Invest in a hedge trimmer, and trim all bushes near your house – especially near the front door, as this is where the first impression will be made. Invest in a few cheaper flowers and plant them in pots near your entryway for an inviting feel. You can also do something simple like clean out your gutter so your home has a fresh, clean appearance.

Contact us for more ideas about how to improve the landscaping at your short sale. Check out Jackson County Short Sales if you need advice and are going through the short sale process.

The Garden Effect

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It’s common knowledge that a well-cared for lawn and professional landscaping makes a home look nice, and increases curb appeal. But while tress, flowers and curbing have been an extra touch for homes, not until the 2011 Husqvarna Global Gardening Report were they considered extreme assets when it came to property values.

“The Garden Effect”

Traditionally, homeowners made repairs, improvements and even remodels to raise their home’s property value. But the 2011 Husqvarna Gardening Report points out that there is a “garden effect” happening among homeowners. The Husqvarna group surveyed thousands of homeowners and Realtors from nearly 10 countries and determined that the appearance of the outdoor landscape surrounding a home has a big impact on the property value. According to their 2011 report, well-designed landscaping raised the property value of homes such as single-family dwellings, condos and town homes as much as 18% in the United States. Additionally, for every dollar spent on landscaping, mowing, turf maintenance and other gardening improvements, homeowners received $1.8 return on their investment.

Landscaping is Becoming a Must for Curb Appeal

The “Garden Effect” is changing the game when it comes to property values and landscaping. Instead of it being a luxury or even splurge, landscaping is becoming a must for homeowners who want to see the maximum ROI on their investment and have the maximum property value and curb appeal. Even more, it’s important to have nice, professional landscaping around your home so that it lasts longer and gets the biggest return on your investment.

Homes where owners have chosen to purchase cheap edging materials and planted trees and shrubs in less-than-ideal locations will not see the full $1.8 return on their landscape investment. To get the largest return on landscaping, it must look professional and seamless. Concrete curbing, professionally installed garden areas and fountains and outdoor living spaces must all be installed with precision so that it lasts through the seasonal weather changes and wear.

It’s exciting to think that adorning your yard with landscaping has become not only fun and relaxing, but an asset to your home’s property value.

Stay tuned for our next post on practical ideas for applying the “Garden Effect” to your property.

How to Apply the Garden Effect

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Our last post talked about the “Garden Effect” and how landscaping can not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but your property values, too. Homeowners who landscaped their yards and took care of their grass experienced up to a $1.8 return on their investments. Don’t miss out on these type of returns. In the current economic climate landscaping your home is more important than ever.


Create an Outdoor Living Space to Improve your Landscaping

Landscaping Isn’t Optional Anymore

Long gone are the days where landscaping was a hobby, and optional around the house. With the Garden Effect in full swing, realtors and homeowners alike agree that a lawn must be cared for in order for the maximum property value to apply. For those who are trying to increase curb appeal and property values, consider adding professional landscaping to the “to do” list of household tasks to take care of this summer.

Ideas for Increasing your Property Value through Outdoor Landscaping

If you’re looking for a place to start landscaping, here is some advice as professional landscapers:

1. Pick one area and start small.

When you have it in your head that you want to landscape the yard, the task can be overwhelming and daunting, especially if you haven’t done anything and the yard is a “blank slate.” Pick one area, and start there. Improve the area around you porch and front walkway, or choose to get rid of the weeds in the back and install a nice bed for perennial flowers. Whatever you do, take it one step at a time. Contact us if you need help with landscape design ideas!

2. Consider Concrete Curbing

Concrete curbing is the latest landscaping material, and the best product on the market for landscape edging. Concrete curbing not only looks nice, but it lasts for years, especially if it’s resealed. Concrete curbing offers attractive lines and borders around your home, as well as several benefits for your plants such as weed control and soil aeration. Concrete curbing can be designed, shaped and colored to match your home, providing a perfect way to instantly increase the attractiveness of your landscape design.

3. Don’t Neglect your Lawn

Lawn maintenance and mowing is part of landscape and landscape design. Don’t neglect your yard when you’re in the process of improving your curb appeal. Make sure that it is mowed often, and mowed in different directions each time. Also make sure you are aerating and seeding your lawn and applying seasonal treatments so that weeds and grubs steer clear.

4. Consider an Outdoor Living Area

If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s House Hunters, you’ll notice how prospective buyer’s jaw’s drop when they walk onto a gorgeous deck and outdoor patio. Outdoor living spaces are not only great to have for a relaxing evening or backyard party – but they’re also a great way to increase property value and appeal toward your home. Outdoor living areas don’t have to cost a fortune, and there are also options for patio kits that you assemble by yourself.

These are just four easy ways to start increasing your property value through landscaping. Did we miss any? Let us know if you’re had experience with other landscaping ideas that proved a great ROI!

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