Landscaping – What to Look For When Buying a Home

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If you are going to be purchasing a home in the near future and are looking to get the most out of your dollar, then check out the things you need to look for in the landscape of a home prior to purchase.

The first thing you want to do when looking at the landscape of a home is determine the square footage. The size of a landscape is a large factor into possible expansion of the home later on, or developing the land into a productive garden or flower bed. After checking out the square footage you next need to evaluate the soil type. A landscape with a fertile lawn and fresh growing vegetation is a definite plus to a homes total value. In the case you are looking at a home with a deadened landscape, there is no need to panic as you can transfer the lack of equity that the dead landscape provides into cash you can use to replace the land with fresh sod and vegetative life.

Once you have evaluated the size and outlining soil type and condition of the landscape you need to map out areas that could be expanded upon. Check with local utility companies to get a clear reference on underground power and gas lines that may impede any kind of expansion of the home and lawn. You also need to check with the previous owner to pin point the septic tank and any kind of underground items that would also impede expansion.

After a good look has been taken at the landscape and an evaluation of expansion has been done you can check into cost to change the landscape to any of your needs. If you are looking to add in a garden of some sort, or a tree or two in the front lawn, it is important to evaluate the cost of this before making an offer on the home to help secure your pocketbook when comparing other houses.

Overall if you are looking to purchase a new home in the near future, check out how a landscape evaluation can benefit you.