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Custom Landscaping

By Debbie Murray

One of the fastest ways to enhance the exterior of your home is to customize the landscaping. Some builders provide minimal landscaping upon completion of a home. Upgraded landscaping may provide height, color, texture, and year round blooms or greenery. For the second year in a row the National Association of realtors reports that a national survey indicated that "outdoor spaces" were one of the most popular updates/upgrades to a home for highest return on the dollar.

Consult a landscape architect or qualified landscaper if you are unsure how to proceed. Take photos of other yards to show a professional. They understand which plants flourish in a particular climate and the design process. And remember that lighting may also separate your yard from the neighborhood. Lit trees and walkways add ambience and safety.

Lastly, extreme landscaping changes may require approval of the architectural board if you live in a community with an HOA (Homeowner’s Association). Consult with them prior to making great investments in your landscaping.

Texas Associate Broker Debbie Murray helps luxury home buyers in the Dallas area facilitate real estate transactions through education. Contact Debbie at 214-558-1004.