How to Properly Landscape Your Home This Summer

19900293_S-300x193Over the next few months, I will have different members of my network guest blogging to you about what they are passionate about. Your feedback on guest bloggers will be much appreciated. I would like to introduce Alexis Hlady who is an Edmonton area Real Estate agent that is my first guest blogger.

Landscaping can help sell a home when it’s done properly and done well. Here are some tips to help landscape your yard for maximum curb appeal.

First, clean up your yard before you plan to show your house to potential buyers. Rake away leaves. Prune away dead branches on trees, shrubs, and bushes. Cut the grass as needed. These are basics.

Next, pay attention to outdoor containers– are they in good condition? Do they look appealing to visitors? A new potted plant placed strategically near the front door can add a splash of color to an otherwise plain space.

If you use mulch for your garden beds and around trees and bushes, adding a fresh, new layer of mulch, which is inexpensive, instantly livens up the yard. You might also consider adding some seasonal flowers in order to add a warm, inviting feeling to your front yard.

Stone-lined landscaping beds communicate to others that you’ve put some time, money and effort into your landscaping. Stacked stones also work well. Adding exterior lighting along pathways is always a good thing.

Some people have fountains or birdbaths in their yard. As long as they are cared for, they enhance the beauty of the space they’re in. Every now and then scrub away algae and remove leaves from them.

Finally, use a power washer to get rid of dirt on fences, bricks and vinyl siding.

Edmonton realtor Alexis Hlady can visit your home to look at your landscaping and make recommendations on what can be done to help sell the place. Email her at alexis@alexishomes.info.

Kevin MacDonald is a Business Consultant at L6S Business Consulting Inc (www.L6SBC.ca). L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin has his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on a bi-weekly basis.

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