All Things Real Estate: Effective landscaping can add 10% to home's value

All Things Real Estate: Effective landscaping can add 10% to home's value

It’s time to start thinking about the exterior of your home as we have been somewhat cooped up inside during the winter months and have longed for the warmer days ahead.  But based on my gas bill, it’s been a fairly mild winter and it wasn’t as cold as one would have anticipated. Thanks to global warming, I appreciate it a lot. But not really!

Does your lawn appear, gray and wishy-washy? Did you do your winter fertilization, as I suggested in a column last fall?  Did you apply an anti-desiccant to your winter wind-prone and now slightly burned shrubbery, again as I suggested last fall?  If you notice brown leaves on all your non-deciduous (trees and shrubs that do not lose their leaves or needles) plantings, it’s too late to do anything about it right now.  However, you can begin to do a light trimming and removal of all those dead or browned areas to spark new growth during this spring.

Since the ground is no longer in danger of freezing (hopefully so), a thorough and efficient deep root feeding will greatly assist in the rejuvenation of the sprouting and expanding of the new growth on your badly damaged landscaping. Going forward, note on your calendar by next November to do a liquid anti-desiccant spray application to all those plants that were affected this year so you won’t experience the same damage in 2025 as well as winter fertilization on your grass.

Moreover,  to simplify the process and not deal with this yourself as a DYI individual and to make sure it will be done properly and effectively; hire a company with the expertise, knowledge, and track record to perform this application as well as others to maintain your property in healthy and pristine condition.

I was in the business for 25 years as a landscape designer and a certified, professional, licensed, and insured lawn, tree, and shrub application company called Lawn Gro.  This is a tiny portion of what we had offered in the fall and late fall season.  Some of you will remember me as you were my customers and now I have been finding purchasers for your homes for the last 30 years.

I can provide you with advice and instructions as to how to go about doing this most important and money-saving application, as well as advise you on other issues on your property.  Lastly, I can also guide you to professional companies that can assist you in performing the services.

The outside of your home can be crucial in showing the quality and enhancing the true value of your property.  It is tantamount to keep your landscape in tip-top condition by maintaining the well-being of all your trees, shrubs, and plantings.  More importantly, they provide the necessary and required oxygen that we all need to survive, breathe, and thrive as well as take in all the carbon dioxide that we expel.

This will also provide the current and/or future buyers an indication of what your interior might look like since your exterior is in such beautiful, visually appealing and eye-catching condition.  This will spark their curiosity and will want them to view the inside of your home.  This is the No. 1 reason to have a gorgeous, alluring and enticing outside landscape besides enjoying a nice bump in potentially increasing the value of your home by 10%.

P.S. Have you entered our contest yet?  Whoever provides the correct answer to how many interest rate reductions or possible increases plus the total percentage reduced or increased that take place in calendar year 2024 will be the winner.  Your reward for nailing the correct answer in this guessing game will be a dinner with my wife and me and a special surprise bonus!  The contest was going to end on 3/31/24, but due to the overwhelming response, we have extended our contest until 4/15/24 at 11:59 PM as the absolute final date to provide the additional time for all to enter.  The final drawing will be on 12/28/24.

We thank the multitude of participants who have already entered and this will be a very exciting contest to determine what Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's course of action will be during 2024. The first correct complete answer picked will be the winner! To be qualified, you must send your answers to [email protected] with your legal 1st and last name, cell, and email by midnight on 3/31/24.

Philip A. Raices is the owner/Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 in Great Neck.  For a 15-minute consultation, value analysis of your home, or to answer any of your questions or concerns he can be reached by cell: (516) 647-4289 or by email: [email protected] or via https://WWW.Li-RealEstate.Com

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