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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How Much Does Landscaping Help to Sell a Home?

[Published Dec. 4, 2014, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section]

We all know about curb appeal, and it is very real, even in a seller’s market.  Water features, such as the one at right are particularly nice, especially when the sound of running water can mask other environmental sounds such as a nearby highway.

A healthy-looking lawn can make a big difference, too.  I have recommended hiring Lawn Doctor a few weeks before putting a home on the market, because it’s impressive how quickly a lawn can look better after it has been treated correctly.

A yard can be “staged” too, much as the interior of a house can be staged to be more inviting.  A bench or swing is a way to “vignette” a yard, suggesting to the visitor the idea of sitting and listening to that water feature or enjoying that mountain view.

I recently replaced my Kentucky bluegrass lawn with Bella bluegrass, a new breed of grass available through On the Green, LLC (Chris Huxtable, 720-217-2587) which uses 75% less water and grows only to 3 or 4 inches tall, eliminating the need for weekly lawn mowing. I suspect it will need less attention from Lawn Doctor, too!  Think of it as buffalo grass but prettier.  I'm sure it would help my home sell quicker, were I to put it on the market. 

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