With the crazy housing market that is happening throughout the Fraser Valley we’re sure that everyone is thinking about selling their home for the best price. If you’re one of the few that’s decided to take the plunge and put your house up for sale it’s a good idea to think about how landscaping can help to stage the outside of your home and provide you with the best selling price.

Potential home buyers will gain their first impression of your home from it’s curb appeal. Landscaping your home can sometimes be overlooked and it’s during selling where landscaping can play a huge part in your asking price. A well maintained and landscaped yard can add at least 10% to the asking price of a home. So it’s important to make sure that your yard is looking good! Some quick tips on fixing up your yard can be found here on HGTV.

When thinking about selling your home, renovations are often the first thought. Maybe I should update the kitchen, or paint the bedrooms? Landscaping should also get the same attention. Maybe I should add some shrubs or cut those large trees down? It’s important that the outside of your home matches the inside, a well maintained home should be taken care of on the outside and the inside. More tips on how to get your yard into selling shape can be found here on Western Living Magazine.

Landscaping for selling your home doesn’t have to be drastic either. A quick once over by our team at Landscape Away will have your yard up to shape in no time. If you’re currently selling and looking to add some value to your home give us a call and get a quote!

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When it comes to security most people turn their attention to alarm systems to deter criminals but landscaping also provides a lot of options for home security. A well placed plant, a good viewpoint and some strategically placed bushes can help keep criminals out of your yard and in turn out of your home. Landscaping is where we can help you to burglar-proof your home!

Tall trees are great for shade however these can help burglars to reach upper stories where you may be more likely to leave your windows open or unlocked. When planting trees you want to make sure they are far enough away from your home so that they don’t provide easy access to your windows! Another great reason to keep trees away from your home is that it can prevent the tree from uprooting your foundation as it grows.

A good thing to watch out for is placing shrubs/bushes near doors, this can provide a lurking area for burglars. Keep shrubs in this area short or place smaller plants there instead. This is especially important for back doors, as this is usually the first place that thieves will look to enter your home. By keeping your entry ways clear this helps to prevent thieves from finding an easy hiding spot, without one of those they will most likely continue searching for an easier target. Another great landscaping tip is to place rocks and stones strategically throughout your yard, for tips on this check out Better Homes & Gardens!

A good way to ward off intruders is to plant roses under a window. The thorns on the roses can prevent intruders from trying to pry open a window or climb in. However make sure to not overcrowd your window, you want to have a good vantage point to look out into your yard. This allows you to see everything that’s going on in front or back of your home. There are some good tips ways to prevent crime through environmental design here on the RCMP website.