Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

10. Of course, a well-appointed primary suite will give the illusion of luxury and relaxing Saturday mornings.

TOP GARDENING TIPS FOR INCREASING VALUE

Buyers' first impressions may be impacted by what they see outside. Therefore, it is important not to overlook landscaping and gardening in your efforts to improve your property's value and salability. The best plants for adding the most curb appeal will depend on the type of house you are selling, its desired price point, and the condition of your front yard. In an "As Is" sale, you don't have much to do except clean up any obvious mess; however, if you are looking for top dollar, pay attention to the details that will garner your home more positive attention: Get your lawn into its best possible condition, or add a new patch of lawn with sod for instant green. Lawns are plants, too. Cover exposed foundations and utility boxes, and add privacy from your neighbours with fencing, shrubs, or bushes. Add colour with annual flowering plants set out on your porch or entry. Seasonal, annual plants add instant colour to garden beds as well. Add a few inches of mulch after putting in new plants. It makes your garden bed look cleaner, makes the colour of flowers pop, and covers unsightly dirt. In addition to flowering plants, plant trees in your yard to increase your home's value. Mature trees are the most valuable in a landscape, followed by well-placed, newly planted trees that contribute shade, ornamental value, and fruit or nuts. In general, a well-designed landscape with beautiful trees will increase the

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