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  • Curb Appeal

    Your landscape should appeal to the greatest number of buyers and be 'neutral' and free of extreme personal taste. Unless the yard is poorly designed or badly neglected, it's usually best not to replace the landscape. Identify particularly objectionable features and change or remove them.

    Shrubs
    In any landscape, shrubs provide the 'foundation'. Shrubs should be in scale with the home. This is particularly true of plantings close to the home. Cut back shrubs that cover windows or are taller than eaves. Shrubs that
    completely cover walls should be thinned to show what's behind them.

    Lawns
    No other element has as great an impact as a cool, green lawn. Remove weeds,
    fertilize, water and over-seed if necessary, to make the lawn lush and healthy. Mow
    and edge weekly.

    If the lawn is beyond repair, replace it. Avoid the temptation to extend the lawn into all
    corners with minimal space for plantings - this type of yard looks quick and cheap. If
    possible, extend the lawn from side to side to make the space look larger.

    Trees
    Trees have been shown to add significant value to homes. They shouldn't hide the
    house or cast dark shadows. 'Light and bright' are operative words here. Remove or
    thin out lower limbs of over-grown trees. Higher limbs can be further thinned out to add
    light to the landscape below.

    If you suspect a large or 'heritage' tree is not healthy or safe, you may wish to have it
    evaluated by a certified arborist. Disclosing the condition of potentially problematic
    trees could help you avoid costly litigation.

    Entry and Front Door
    The front door and entry walk should be easily seen from the street. Remove or cut
    back plantings that obscure the view. Add seasonal color to make the front door stand
    out.