Gar­den can change re­sale value of home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Helen Mor­ris

LONG be­fore a buyer signs on the line to pur­chase your home, you need to get them to come in the front door. The last thing you want is for them to take one look at the front of your home and drive straight on by.

It need not take much to turn a tired gar­den or front yard into a wel­com­ing space that makes your home stand out from the list­ings crowd.

“Things like chang­ing the house num­bers, the ex­ter­nal light­ing, the mail­box — those types of things can re­ally make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact,” says Frank Turco, se­nior man­ager of trend and de­sign at Home De­pot. Then there’s the gar­den it­self. It’s not dif­fi­cult to fig­ure out where the work is needed. Try cut­ting back your shrubs and trees to al­low sun­light to pen­e­trate the win­dows, mak­ing sure no tree branches are rub­bing against your roof or the side of your house, cut­ting your grass and edg­ing the lawn for a ti­dier look.

Put some pot­ted flow­ers around the en­trance. Get rid of all those spi­der webs that have dead lit­tle bugs in them. Clean your win­dows and paint the trim around the front door and win­dows. That will make a huge dif­fer­ence.

More ex­ten­sive work on the gar­den needs care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion.

Con­ser­va­tively, land­scap­ing can add 11 to 12 per cent to the value of the home, but you have to con­sider the qual­ity of the land­scap­ing and the main­te­nance. An im­mac­u­late yard with ex­ten­sive and elab­o­rate land­scap­ing might ac­tu­ally scare po­ten­tial buy­ers away. They may be un­will­ing or un­able to take care of it, and don’t want to pay some­one to look af­ter it.

Mak­ing what you have look great is key.

“If you’ve got tired-look­ing sid­ing or bricks that are ag­ing, get out a power washer; you can even rent one,” says Turco. “Give (ev­ery­thing) a good spray­ing; clean your win­dows. Clean­ing is just one of those things that gives a whole new look and feel to any space, whether it be in­side or out­side.”

As with a back­yard gar­den, a bal­cony can make one condo stand out from an­other. If you’ve got a bal­cony and you put down some nice wood floor­ing, a nice lit­tle pa­tio set out there and a cou­ple of plants, it looks invit­ing --it looks like some­where you’d want to spend some time.

Bring the out­doors in by putting bal­cony boxes over­flow­ing with flow­ers and vines, maybe some scented flow­ers or even herbs so that, if they do go out, you’ve got a nice pretty smell, Hav­ing a bal­cony just im­plic­itly in­creases the value any­way, be­cause there’s a bit of out­door space.

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A gar­den can change the re­sale value of a home, for good or bad. The key to qual­ity nightscap­ing is to il­lu­mi­nate with­out the fix­tures be­ing vis­i­ble. Bot­tom right: In

prepa­ra­tion for the grow­ing sea­son, a gar­dener spreads earth around plants and trees on the lawn of her home.

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