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Landscaping Your Home

Out in the Open: Landscaping Key to Home's Value

You don’t have to leave town to enjoy the great outdoors. The best outside spaces could be in your own back — or front — yard.

The outdoor evolution

Today’s outdoor spaces are varied, intricate, and personalized. It’s not unusual to see combinations of decks, patios, water features, and even fire elements.

Evolving material selections also offer homeowners choices. For example, composite decking can eliminate splinters and maintenance. Pavers and retaining wall components fashioned from concrete offer uniformity in color and appearance, making them an attractive alternative to natural stone.

First looks

Curb appeal remains the foundation of that critical first impression when selling a house. An attractive, well-maintained front yard invites prospective buyers to take a closer look and conveys confidence that current owners paid as much attention to the inside of the house as they did the outside. Homeowners without a deck or patio are wise to consider installing one before sale as it may increase your home’s value.

The approach

Homeowners will often tackle their own landscaping projects to stretch their dollars. If you decide to do the work yourself, it is still wise to meet with professionals before taking on a significant landscaping project. Hiring a professional will have more expense and if your budget is limited, consider developing a phased plan to implement over a series of years to spread out costs.

Money talks

Setting a budget is a smart step for homeowners who want to control cost and outcomes. Landscapers can work with you to review options and then together arrange a detailed plan and budget that meets your goals. CEFCU can help you set a budget for your landscaping plans or provide the funding you need to make your landscaping visions a reality. Contact us today.