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Landscaping can maximize your property’s curb appeal

Real Estate with Lisa Bice

A well-landscaped yard creates curb appeal and helps your property retain maximum value. Here are the top suggestions from real estate agents, appraisers and landscape architects for boosting the curb appeal of your yard:

Green up the grass 

Make sure your front yard is neat and green. You don’t want bare spots, sprawling weeds, or an untrimmed appearance.  If you buy fertilizer, apply it every six weeks, and water it, “It will green up.” If the yard looks really scruffy, you may need to invest in some sod. According to the National Gardening Association.

Add colorful planting beds

Flowerbeds add color and help enliven otherwise plain areas, such as along driveways and the edges of walkways. In general, annual flowers are a bit cheaper but must be replaced every year. Perennials cost a bit more but come back annually and usually get larger or spread with each growing season.

Add landscape lighting

For homeowners who have made a sizeable investment in landscaping, it makes sense to think about adding another 10 percent to 15 percent to the bill for professional lighting. You can’t see landscaping after dark and buyers are not always looking at houses on a Saturday afternoon. The cost of a system runs from $200 for a DIY installation to more than $4,000 for a professional job. If you‘re doing it on your own, the key is to light what you want people to see, such as mature trees and flowering shrubs.

Plant a tree

The value of mature trees is particularly difficult to determine but they do add curb appeal. In addition, a properly placed shade tree can shave as much as $32 a year on your energy bills. Expect to pay $50 to $100 for a young, 6- to 7-foot deciduous tree. You can make your own initial assessment of the value of your property’s trees by visiting the National Tree Benefit Calculator.

            I hope you found this information helpful. If you have questions about real estate, whether buying or selling, contact Lisa Bice. She is a full-time realtor licensed in Louisiana with RE/MAX Professional. In addition, she is a licensed home stager and is a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. She works with buyers and sellers in all price ranges. Contact her at (225) 572-9575 cell/direct, email – Lisa@LisaBice.com, (website) LisaBice.com. RE/MAX Professional Baton Rouge, LA USA Office (225) 615-7755. Each office independently owned and operated.