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

Start by constructing a list of what you would like to incorporate into your front yard based on what you already have. For example, do you have a stone patio leading to your front door? If so, consider planting a flower bed around the perimeter with bright, vibrant colours to help boost the positive feeling of your landscape. If you have a large tree in your front yard, a bird bath underneath it would definitely be a nice touch. Creating a plan will also help you budget everything. If you'd like to step your game up further, consult a landscape architect or contractor to refine your landscaping plan. They will come out and show you what would look good and where, within your front yard, while considering your budget.

PLANT TREES

If you plan on planting trees, research the species or speak with a landscape architect or a tree nursery to discuss your options. For example, you do not want to plant a tree that will take decades to grow, such as an oak, but instead go with one that will only take a few years, such as a red maple. You can check the value of existing trees before you commit with the National Tree Benefit Calculator (http://treebenefits.com/ calculator). This online tool allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. With inputs of location, species, and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis. You can find out which trees will provide the biggest impact when it comes to property value, stormwater runoff, carbon dioxide reduction, energy savings, and more.

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