Landscaping Made Easy

Landscaping Made Easy

Landscaping Made Easy

Simple Landscape

“Oh my!” “What an eyesore.” “This looks like it hasn’t been touched in years.” These are phrases that we have used when looking at the landscaping, or lack thereof. If you’re an investor then this is one sign sign of a potential investment property, however for many homeowners unsightly landscaping will do you in. This blog post is about how to make landscaping easy. We will discuss tips, tricks, and how to do it on a budget. This is something you’ll want to read because lackluster landscaping will greatly impact your decision when buying a home, and will either persuade or dissuade a potential buyer’s decision to purchase your home. Before we jump into our post, here is a link to a wonderful infographic where you can find the highlights of this post.

Landscaping: What Is It and Why Do It?

Landscaping is the process by which a piece of land is beautified by the use of stone, brick, grass, flowers, trees, fencing, decks, patios, dirt, mulch and much more. This explanation is simple and the work involved in landscaping can be just as simple or it can be very complex. Regardless of how simple or extravagant your landscaping job may be, the purpose of it remains the same: Landscaping is designed to beautify and add value to a property. Here are some other things landscaping accomplishes.

Reduces the Days On Market (DOM)

Okay; so for those of you who are not familiar with DOM, this is the number of days your listed home has spent on the Multiple Listing Service, also known at the MLS. The higher the DOM, the greater likelihood your home is will not sell at the listing price, and the greater the chance a potential buyer thinks that there is something seriously wrong with your home. Even simple changes in landscaping can greatly impact the DOM, resulting in a faster sale and you getting your money quicker. Landscaping is able to reduce the DOM your home spends on the MLS largely because it will stand out to potential buyers and give the right first impression. We will cover some simple landscaping ideas a little later on in this post.

Increased Property Value and BIG Savings

There’s a lot of things you can do to improve your home that do not add value. For example, installing a new $4,000 HVAC unit will likely not get you a $6,000 return. It will likely not even get you back the $4,000. This is because your home is expected to have a working HVAC unit. Updating your landscaping however, could increase your property's value by 3% - 6%. There’s a sweet spot here; you could easily spend more on new landscaping than the return in value would be.  This if something you’ll need to decide based on your neighborhood and home.

You do not have to spend a ton of money on landscaping to see a big ROI. On our Pennsylvania Ave project with just over $100 dollars spent on landscaping we did a small transformation to the front of the house that will more than likely slash the DOM. We paid the lender on that deal $1,391.25 in interest a month, and if this landscaping helped us sell the home faster even by one month, than our small landscaping investment saved is $1,391.25.

Mother Nature Will Love You

We would rather be on mother nature’s good side than her bad side. Bad things happen when Mother Nature is angry, so make her happy and landscape using plants that are native to your area. Making the choice to use native plants could help reduce soil erosion around your home, protect your foundation, attract those cute native animals or even keep certain other pesky critters away. In addition, your yard will need less maintenance because these are plants that are used to the conditions of your area, and these plants are generally cheaper to purchase from the store. Who wouldn’t buy plants that save you time and money? This sound like a good investment to us.

Landscaping on a Budget

By now you’re ready to begin landscaping and earning a return that’s better than the money you have sitting in your savings account. We guess we should share with you some of our tips and considerations when beginning your landscaping project.

We highly encourage you to use the K.I.S.S method when doing your landscaping project. If you’re not familiar with the K.I.S.S method, it stand for, Keep It Simple Stupid. This simply means that you do not have to get a creative as you see on the HGTV shows, and that a little quality work will go a long way.

There are many factors that will impact your landscaping budget and scope of work. Some of those factors are:

  • Yard Size

  • Neighborhood

  • Personal Skill Level

  • Quality of Materials

  • Etc.

Unless you own a McMansion or have a really big project you’d like to work on, we believe that most simple DIY landscape beautification projects should cost you between $200 - $400. There are many ideas to choose from and a simple visit to Pinterest is all you need to get those creative juices going. While creativity is all well and good, it could end up costing you more in the long run. So in an effort to apply our K.I.S.S method, here are the areas where we believe that you should place your focus first:

  • Tree/Shrub trimming and pruning.

  • Removing old mulch and replacing it with new mulch.

  • Adding native flowers/plants to mulched areas.

  • Exterior painting and staining

  • Adding stone/brick rings around trees and filling with mulch.

  • Adding pavers to commonly traversed areas

  • Weeding the yard and planting new grass/sod.

  • Creating and window planters or Yard planters.

  • Hanging a low quantity of tasteful hanging plants

  • Simple patio furniture

  • Creating a cinder block bench or a simple fire pit.

  • And much more...

With a budget of $200 - $400 and your own sweat equity, you should be able to accomplish 2 to 3 of these ideas easily, and transform your yard. The only left to do now, is to get out there and do it.

If you end up doing your own landscaping after reading this post, post it to your social media account and be sure to tag us in the post. We’d love to see what you came up with, and what your budget was for the project. Continue to follow us for the newest content and ideas. Together we can accomplish great things.

About NoBoundaries Real Estate Solutions, LLC

NoBoundaries Real Estate Solutions, LLC, is a full service residential real estate firm that helps people and businesses buy, sell, and invest in Kansas City Metro real estate. Whether you're a traditional buyer/seller or an investor, we only provide the highest quality, empathetic and timely customer service. We guarantee that your interests are at the top of our mind, or you can leave your contract hassle free. If you believe that we would be a good fit and you or someone you know is interested in buying, selling, or investing in in real estate in either Kansas or Missouri, we would be honored to speak with you or with them. Our Phone is {agent_cell_phone} and our email is {agent_email}

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