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Landscaping tips to enhance curb appeal and sell your home for more money!

c4_Residential_LandscapeI would like to thank everyone that took the time to stop by our booth at the Home and Garden Show in Fall River last weekend.  It was great to see so many people excited to get their yards in shape and landscape projects started this spring.  Never mind great to see some live flowers!  I would also like to congratulate Regina Gilbert for winning our Landscape Design Giveaway at the Show!

I also wanted to share a handout that I gave out during my seminar at the show on Saturday titled: How to enhance your curb appeal and sell your home for more money!  Please feel free to contact me anytime kgravel@decorativelandscapesinc.com, if you have any questions.  I am sharing the handout here below:

Are you thinking of selling your home?  Would you like to sell your home for more money?  Then you may want to wow potential home buyers with their first impression by implementing some of these landscaping tips to sell your home for more money.  You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.  So make it a memorable one!

Various studies have shown over the years, an attractive and well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 to 15 percent to the value of your home.  Also, if turnaround time in selling your home is a factor, curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers when choosing their home, according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey.

Landscaping tips to enhance curb appeal and sell your home for more money:

1.  Keep it Simple- As a professional landscape designer, the number 1 priority that I hear from clients is “low maintenance”.

2.  Clean it up- Going back to that 1st impression.  People want to see a meticulous well-manicured landscape.

3.  Think Color- Add some annual plants to your landscape beds if you are planning to sell your home in MA during the spring, summer or fall.

4.  Another low cost enhancement is to use planters on front steps and even window boxes.

5.  Focal Point- Every yard needs some sort of focal point to create that extra impact in your   curb appeal,   whether it’s a beautiful tree, island landscape bed or water feature.

6.  Install a patio or outdoor entertaining area-  It’s a great return on investment!

7.  Landscape Lighting- If you think your house may be shown at night what more dramatic 1st impression can you make than a beautiful showing of your landscape lit up at night.

8.  Year round visual interest- An easy way to do this is to add some evergreen plants and to also add some plants that will produce berries.  These are great effects for the winter months.

9.  Appeal to the Masses

 10.  Don’t be extravagant in your choices!  Remember you won’t be living here.

For those of you that don’t know, I am also a successful Realtor with Jack Conway which truly makes me an expert on this topic.

 

Thank You's
May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!

happy mothers dayI wanted to take a minute to wish all those moms out there a HAPPY, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!  I hope you are surrounded in flowers, your beautiful children and a day full of joy, relaxation and sunshine!!

Show Thank You and Outdoor Living Checklist

Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace

Thank you to all that came out to support us at the Bristol County Home and Garden Show this weekend.  Great to see some old and new faces!  Special thank you to some satisfied clients that came to the show excited to tell us what their next project will be this spring!

I enjoyed seeing so many faces at my seminar on creating a beautiful outdoor living space in your own backyard.  I am posting  the handout that I gave out below.  It is basically a checklist for designing and planning your backyard living space.  I will also be adding some photos from the presentations.

If you have any questions at all, about planning or designing your outdoor living space, by all means feel free to contact me.  kg@decorativelandscapesinc.com

How to create a beautiful OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE in your own BACKYARD!

Inside Out

One of the hottest trends is transforming your outdoor space into an extension of your inside space.  An outdoor living space can be anything from a tranquil corner of a garden or it can be a full blown patio area with outdoor kitchens, water features, planting beds, etc.  Whatever you can dream up it can be installed in your own backyard!

How, What, Why, When, Where

                HOW?

1. How will you use your space?

  1. How much seating space will you need if any? (Patio)
  2. How will you get from place to place? (Walkways)
  3. Will you be cooking in this space? (Outdoor Kitchen)
  4. Will you need water, lighting, electric in the space?
  5. Will you be relaxing in a tranquil retreat?
  6. Will you be playing sports? (Volleyball, Bocce, Horseshoes)

2. How much space will you take up in the yard?

3. How much wind is in the space?  Do you need a wind break?

4. How much sunlight is in the space?  Do you need a Pergola or Shelter?

WHAT?

1. What will the space be used for?

A.  Will you entertain in the space?

B.  What features do you want in your space?

C.   Will you have a softscape or plants in your space?

2. What is your style?

3. What is your color scheme?

4. What required features do I need due to the contours of the property?

5. What is your budget???

WHY?

Why are you creating the space?  Will help you answer the other questions.

WHEN?

When do you want to start your project?

1. The first step in deciding when you can start is first in coming up with a budget.

2. You may not be able to do everything on the plan at once but if you have the plan and know how much each element costs you can make an educated plan of whether to complete the whole project at once or work in stages.

3. Don’t put the cart before the horse.  Know what elements need to come first.

WHERE?

Where in the yard will this space be located? Remember kitchen access is usually key along with access from the driveway or roadway.

Design Plan:

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to come up with a design plan that will be your road map whether you do the whole project at once or in stages over the years.  The design plan can be as simple as your own hand drawing or a 3D photo image design to truly visualize your space.

How can I do it on a budget?

Decide on your must have feature that you will not compromise on.  You have to come up with a bottom line that you can live with for now and for the future.  Decide what elements need to come first such as hardscapes, etc.

Can you save on materials without saving on quality?  To drill down further in this question, what is the absolute must have element without compromise & what are the lesser priority items that could maybe be substituted or less expensive products?  For example want a patio with a firepit for now install the patio but use a store bought fire pit until you can afford to install the real deal.

Hire a contractor for the difficult elements that need to be installed correctly BUT is there part of the project that you can do yourself?  If you can’t do it all at once make a 3 or 5 year plan and stick to it.  Plan on what year you will add what new element.

Have fun with furniture, fabrics, accessories and plants to make the space your own just like you would inside the house.

 

Thank You's
November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Decorative Landscapes Inc.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our clients for your business and to our business associates for continued support.  We are extremely grateful.

We wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.  May it be a day to celeberate all the great things in your life!

Thank You's
March 09, 2012

Thank you to Landscape Clients

I would like to especially Thank 2 of our 2011 landscape clients.  They took time out of their busy days to give us rave reviews on our new thumbtack.com listing.  I wanted to publicly express our thanks and gratitude to them and also to express what a pleasure it was to work with both of them.

One of the bittersweet moments we have as a company is actually completing a job.  It is such a ”sweet” feeling of achievement when we complete a job and see the original landscape design come to life and the excitement and smiles on a client’s face when their vision is achieved.  The “bitter” moment is at that same time we realize that will not be seeing the people that have become like family over the duration of a project.  During the time we work with a client, especially a homeowner, we get to know them personally and vice versa and the hardest part of driving away from the job is knowing we won’t have that every day interaction anymore.  For this reason, we like to keep in contact with our previous clients occasionally throughout the years.  Our door and phone lines are always open for advice or even a chit chat about life happenings.

Thank you again to Greg, Megan and Dylan Levesque as well as Joanne and Don Ziniti.

Here is a link to the posted reviews or you can read them below:

http://www.thumbtack.com/profile/reviews

Greg Levesque- Landscape Design, Construction, Stonework & Maintenance Approved Kim and Dave at Decorative Landscapes, Inc were absolutely great to work with.  They took over a hardscape/landscape project that another local vendor was unable to finish, and within a few weeks time, left us extremely happy, with a great new patio.
Kim and Dave first came out to meet with me, take measurements and give me their opinion on how best to repair/complete the other vendor’s work on a snowy January day.  Other vendors would not have met with me until the spring.
Kim took the time to review all of my options and different prices, etc.  I was not an easy customer to work with, because I was concerned about trusting another vendor, since I had already been burned.  Kim and Dave were so open, honest, patient and accommodating, I knew I would be able to trust them and scheduled the project as soon as possible.
Kim kept me up-to-date on scheduling a start date and Decorative Landscape, Inc showed up on-time, and came back every day after that until the project was complete.   Another great thing about Decorative Landscapes, Inc is that they only schedule one project at a time.  So once they start, you know you have their undivided attention until they finish.
Along the way, Dave and Kim kept me updated on their progress, took the time to explain what they were working on, how long it would take, what challenges they faced, what was next, etc.  Every step of the way, they wanted to know I was happy with the progress.  And I was.
In the end, the project was completed on-time and within budget.  They were able to turn my backyard into a beautiful oasis.
The project included a large Unilock patio area, a few retaining walls, flower beds, flowers/plants, lighting, three sets of stairs, a walkway, etc.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and can’t wait to be out on the patio this spring.
If you are looking for a vendor you can trust, who cares about you and their work product, look no further.  Schedule some time to meet with Decorative Landscapes, Inc and get the job done right the first time.  This is one vendor you’ll be happy you met.
Special thanks to Kim, Dave and Scott!!!

Joanne Jzdz- Landscape Design, Construction, Stonework & Maintenance Approved We contacted Decorative Landscapes to get an estimate for our backyard project.  We had just moved into our home and our yard had some drainage issues.  The grass was soggy all around our deck area and had a strange slope by the garage and basement door.  Kim came right out to give us a quote.  She was so easy to talk to and listened carefully to understand exactly what we wanted to do with this area.  She offered ideas of options for the problem area.  No annoying high pressure sales pitch.
Of course, we got other quotes, as most people do but I knew Decorative Landscapes was the company we wanted to work with and so glad we did.  They were fantastic!  They worked only on our project and we did not have to worry if they are going to “show up” (other than weather issues).  They were there as promised until the job was done.  The project was completed on time and within budget.  It is nice to know we have found a contractor that we can feel confident using with any future landscaping projects!
Our sincerest thanks to Kim, Dave and Scott,
Joanne and Don Lakeville, MA