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Friday, March 10th, 2017

Landscaping Tips for Your Vancouver Home – By Your Friendly VancouverMortgage Broker

Landscaping Tips for Your Vancouver Home – By Your FriendlyVancouverMortgage Broker

Adil Virani Vancouver Mortgage BrokerA well landscaped home catches the eye and gives curb appeal to prospective buyers. Did you know that a properly landscaped house will sell about five times faster than a home with little or no landscaping? With such a variety of options, it might almost seem overwhelming on which route to pick. You might also be wondering about the expense. You can actually landscape your Castlegar home relatively cheaply and all you need is a few weekends to manage your project. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Make a Plan

That’s where any project starts. Start off by drawing up a good sized scale drawing of your home and yard. Many experts suggest you should look at your home from 2 perspectives.

The first is your front yard and how you want people to see your home from the street. What do you want it to say about the people who occupy this home? In real estate parlance, this is known as curb appeal. The second perspective is how you want the back yard to appeal to you. The back yard is where people like to kick back and relax, entertain and enjoy those summer barbeques.

So, as you can see, how you approach your front and back yard should be looked at from different vantages.

Think about Maintenance

When you’re making a plan, think about how much time your really want spend on keeping it shipshape. Otherwise, you’re going to have to factor in the cost of hiring a landscaper. Flower beds need to be weeded and edged, and trees need to be trimmed. You get the picture. If you love to garden then by all means go out and get those perennials, but if you don’t want or can’t spend the time to look after your landscaping, then you might want to opt for low maintenance bushes instead.

Add some Colour

Providing your yard with a colour contrast even using a simple mixture of shrubs or flowers can make your yard look incredibly appealing and if done right, can make it appear quite stunning. To get a good idea of what to use and what will thrive in your Castlegar climate, get your self some local home and garden magazines, or visit some of your local nurseries.

Sometimes, it’s just a good idea to drive around the neighbourhood and take stock of what other people have in their yards to get a good idea of what you want to use. You might want to consider bushes, shrubs or other plants that blossom at different stages of the growing season. This gives you eye appeal all throughout the season.

Decorative Landscaping

Landscaping can also provide depth or contrast simply by layering how you put your plants in the ground. The easiest approach is to put taller plants at the back and the smaller sized plants towards the front. Another approach is to use ground cover in larger beds for shrubs as it comes in a variety of colours. Make sure you keep all your beds well edged which can be a straight line or shaped. Use a bushy shrub to mask a utility meter or some other unsightly thing that detracts from the view.

Landscaping can be relatively cheap. You don’t have to buy mature trees if you plan to live there awhile. Also, you can get some great discounts for outdoor greenery if you buy in the fall because it’s still not too late to lay in many of the plants available.


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