Why You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper

You may be thinking to yourself that it’s time to get your hands dirty. The sun is shining and the warm weather has arrived. But, you’re at a crossroad of what to do first. Should you mow? Should you start weeding? Or should you start with the gutters? If these thoughts are a bit too familiar,you should consider hiring a professional. Oftentimes, we become elated that spring is finally here and we can finally turn our home into the beautiful oasis it once was. Take a look at the tips below for why you should hire a professional.

1. Spring and fall clean ups are essential

There are two things that are crucial to the health of your lawn and yard—spring and fall cleanups. A spring clean up entails the rejuvenating of your yard and bringing life back into your lawn and plants—and your home. A fall clean up preps your yard and home for the winter ahead, ensuring that your home will quickly come to life once spring arrives. Together, these deeds will keep your yard in tip-top shape and the envy of the neighborhood. And you didn’t have to lay a finger on it.

2. One less thing on the to do list

You work, have a social life and/or have children, work some more, sleep, and so much more. Simply put, you’re busy. There’s never enough time in a day to do everything you wanted. Now add on the home care demands that come with the warmer weather. So, if you’d rather enjoy the spring and summer months instead of worrying about planting those flowerbeds and mowing your lawn each weekend, hire the professional. The outdoor labor your home requires does not need to be another facet of your demanding life. Go out and enjoy life and leave your lawn care to the professionals.

3. They know what they’re doing

Last, but certainly not least—they know what they’re doing. They’re professionals. They perform this type of work day-in and day-out. Professionals will get the job done right and in a timely manner. And that’s really what counts, right?

Finding a professional is easy. As you drove down the street this morning, I’ll bet you saw at least two landscaping companies already at work. Next time, take note of the companies’ names and check out the work they’ve done. Oftentimes, they are small business and there’s not a lot of information online for you to determine their reputation. The best ways to find out their reputation and work they execute is through word of mouth and inspecting the homes they’ve done work for. But, it is the age of technology and it’s very likely they at least list a phone number and their services online so be sure to check there too.

Spruce up Your Yard

Selling a house is a stressful experience. You have to look at your home
with the eyes of a potential buyer and, when you do, all those nicks, stains,
scratches and worn finishes become glaringly obvious. The same thing
happens when you look around your yard: all those flaws you’ve managed
to ignore all these years suddenly become visible.

There are many things you can do–with or without professional help–to fix
up your property and get it ready for sale. Most people focus on the house
itself; after all, freshly painted walls and steam cleaned carpets do make a
big difference. But there’s one area that’s often overlooked–one that can
make a big difference not only in attracting potential buyers but also in
sales value. “Curb appeal”: you’ve probably heard the phrase before. But
what exactly is it and what can you do to achieve it?

Curb appeal is evident in that first glance at your property: does it look
well-kept, is it attractive, does it look like someplace your prospective
buyer would like to call home? The first step is to take a walk around your
property, looking at it as if you were a stranger. It can be very helpful to
have your realtor take this inventory with you–a trained eye can make a big
difference.

Look for the obvious things first: bald spots in your lawn, overgrown
shrubs, cracked steps, dandelions, piles of leaves and sticks. Make a list of
everything you see. It may seem overwhelming and you may not have the
means to take care of everything, but prioritizing will help. If you can afford
professional help, all the better; if you can’t, there are things you can do
yourself to improve the appearance of your property.

The following list will help:

• Start with general yard clean-up: remove any branches, piles of leaves or
dead plants. If you have a dog, make sure there are no “land mines”
on the property.

• Reseed and fertilize your lawn; make sure it’s kept mown and watered
at all times while you’re trying to sell. Take an edger and neaten
up where the grass meets walkways and foundation. If you have
areas of dead grass, consider treating for grubs. And, get rid of those
dandelions!

• Trim overgrown shrubs, especially those close to your house. If you don’t
have any shrubs, consider buying a few. Even a small evergreen on
either side of the front door can make a welcoming difference.

• If you have flower beds, make sure they’re free of weeds. Renew or add
a layer of mulch around flowers, shrubs and any trees you have in
your yard. Not only does mulch keep weeds down and help retain
moisture in the soil, it makes the beds look neater. mulch comes in
different colors: choose one that will complement your flowers and
your house. If your yard slopes, a low stone retaining wall will not only
hold the soil (and flowers) in place, but it will also make the bed look
neater.

• What about the approach to your house–do you have a walkway? If you
do, it may need replacing. If you don’t, now is the time to add one;
even a few simple pavers between the driveway and the front door
can make a difference. If you don’t have a railing on your front steps,
consider adding one. Make sure your front door is clean and in good
shape.

• Do you have a driveway? If you have asphalt, look for cracks and oil
stains. If you have dirt, consider laying down some gravel or pea
stone.

• Fencing can make a big difference in your home’s salability. People with
young children or dogs will most likely want one for safety’s sake.
Privacy is another reason for fencing; it doesn’t have to be a stockade
fence–a few fast-growing evergreens like arborvitae can make a big
difference. Aesthetics is another reason to edge your property. If your
home is in a rural area, you may already–like many homeowners in
New England–have a stone wall around your property. If so, check it
for loose or fallen rocks.

• If you don’t have any perennial flower beds, consider planting some
annuals. Flats of bright, long-lasting blooms like marigolds and
impatiens are inexpensive and add to your yard’s beauty. As with
any plants, consider the growing zone in which you live. If you’re
purchasing shrubs or perennials, choose ones that are hardy and
require little maintenance. If the soil has a high clay concentration,
loosen it up and enrich it by mixing in some loam.

• If you have a deck, you may need to power wash and re-stain or paint it.
Check for loose support beams; sand any areas that feel rough and
might produce splinters. If you have a patio, make sure it is free of
weeds and cracks. Consider replacing a cement patio with slate or
brick which not only look nicer but are easier to replace.

• Check your outdoor lighting; replace the bulbs, remove any dead insects.
If you don’t have any, consider adding some. If you can’t afford
wiring, solar-battery stake lights are inexpensive. If your mailbox is
battered or wobbly, replace it.

It sounds like a lot to consider and there’s no denying that selling your
home can be a difficult thing on more than one level. You want the
highest price you can get, however, and these things that add curb appeal
will increase your home’s value and can make the difference between
someone who makes an appointment to look at your home and someone
who drives by and keeps on going.