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The do's and don'ts of landscaping for curb appeal

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2014-03-03 09:15:40

With winter now showing signs of coming to an end in many parts of the East Coast, and many expecting this year's spring homebuying season to be busy, many property owners' are starting to plan sizable improvement projects. There are a number of approaches to updating a home, but some are typically more effective than others. 

Those homeowners who are looking to sell their current residences this year would be wise to concentrate on the house's outward appearance, as it is the first thing that potential buyers notice during a visit. Working to enhance a home's curb appeal can be a great way to boost its resale price. Therefore, those hoping to receive multiple purchase offers should focus their efforts on this aspect of the property.

However, there is a method that should be adhered to, as some projects can negatively affect a home's overall attractiveness for prospective owners. 

Do: Stick to a planned layout, design scheme
Although the most visually pleasing gardens may appear to have haphazardly been planted, the truth is, a substantial amount of planning should be put into a home's landscaping. Factors such as the house's architectural style and size should be considered, and blueprints should be drawn up to show where flower beds, shrubbery, mulching and trees should be placed, according to HGTV. This can provide a more comprehensive look overall.

Don't: Include plants that are difficult to cultivate
Especially in the Northeast, due to its weather patterns, many homeowners have to carefully choose the plants they want to display outside their homes. While many flowers and shrubs can thrive in the warm climate of southern states, residential properties along the East Coast should really only plant organisms that are suited to the area's hardiness zone, HouseLogic reported. This can help to ensure that they will be healthy during the warmer months but also survive the colder temperatures.

Do: Feature strategic splashes of color
Depending on the area and season, a home might already have a substantial number of hues as part of its color scheme. The exterior siding, combined with the roof, accents and lawn can make for a pleasing sight - but intermittent pops of vibrant colors can take it to the next level. When planning out the landscaping design that you prefer, be sure to make note of what shades and hues should be included. Planting flowers and shrubs with colors that are complementary to the home's exterior design can create an attractive outdoor aesthetic. 

Don't: Group plants, flowers close together
If you're trying to include small pops and splashes of color in your landscaping, it is important you don't accidently plant too many at one time. Grouping similar plants, flowers, shrubs and trees together might not be as visually pleasing as intermittently featuring them in deliberate patterns. Instead of appearing like an organized landscaping scheme, these clusters can look draw attention away from the home. Additionally, planting seeds too close together can lead to issues down the road, as the plants' roots will have to compete with each other for adequate sunlight and nutrients.

Looking to update the look of your home's exterior? Poli Mortgage Group understands the simple joys of homeownership, but knows how expensive it can be to make modern updates. If you are interested in obtaining financial assistance, contact one of the trusted firm's experienced Loan Officers to research low rates and the variety of offered products and services. During its 13 years in operation, the group has become a regional authority in residential lending, having written more than $11 billion in mortgages to date. To learn more, call 866-353-7654 today.


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