Yes, it is yet another Kradel. Unlike three other members of my family, I have not taken up the title of a Real Estate agent. I am a student studying horticulture. You would think there is not that much related to the two. You’re right, they’re very different. My family interacts with people all day, whereas sometimes the only living creatures I interact with all day are green, leafy, and don’t talk back. But horticulture and real estate overlap in one very important area: Landscaping.
Landscaping Does Matter
Some may not initially place much importance on the outside of their home. That’s very understandable, as a good portion of our life occurs within the walls of our home. However, the outside does matter. In what ways?
For one, curb appeal. If your home is for sale the first thing prospective buyers will see is the landscaping of your home, for better or for worse. A nicely maintained front yard can be the difference between “lovely home” and “needs a bit of TLC”. A well-groomed backyard can give buyers fantasies of lovely summer BBQ s, or nightmares of mowing lawns and waging an eternal war against plant-kind. We don’t want to give our prospective home-buyers nightmares, now do we?
If you’re still skeptical, I understand. That’s human nature. Let me put it this way: Do you eat cupcakes without the icing? Of course not! If you are someone that eats cupcakes without icing, this analogy isn’t for you, but you get my point. Also, Seriously? The icing’s the best part.
If food analogies aren’t your thing, here’s a visual teaser of what some nice and simple landscaping can do for your yard:
Of course, it’s much easier to look at a picture or to envision a nice looking yard than it is to have a nice looking yard. Hopefully, I can help at least give some tips and advice on the doing portion of it all. That is why this article is the start of what I hope to make a series of articles relating to landscaping, that will discuss things such as: how to add on to curb appeal, how to deal with unruly landscaping as new-homeowners, and also some articles that aren’t directly related to real estate, but that are informative nonetheless.
Contributed by Heather