Would you like to Improve the Chances of Selling Your House for TOP DOLLAR and at LIGHTNING SPEED?
If so… you may want to read this article for some Edmonton landscaping ideas and watch the time lapse video we took of an Edmonton Landscape Revitalisation Project we completed this past summer.
This is What Happened…
Our client was referred to us by a local realtor who has a proven track record of helping clients sell their houses as QUICKLY as possible and… for TOP dollar! They had tried to sell their house previously with very little success, so they were looking for some professional advice on what they could do to solicit a QUICK and relatively PAINLESS sale this time around.
We met with them and offered our opinion and professional advice on what they should do to improve their chances. We stressed the importance of “Curb Appeal”. Fact is… if a potential buyer doesn’t like the look of the house from the curb, you may NEVER get them inside. There is no question, this particular property was AMAZING INSIDE, but the outside was far from appealing. In fact, “DARN RIGHT UGLY” was the ONLY way to describe it!
Our Landscaping Advice
Just drive around and take a look at properties that are listed for sale in your own neighbourhood. How many of them look like they have been taken care of? Not too many!
So if you would like to provide yourself with a “marketing edge over the competition”, providing your yard with a little “TLC” PRIOR to listing it will definitely set your property apart from the rest and provide you with that… MUCH NEEDED EDGE!
Fact is… the first two weeks after a property is listed for sale is the most CRITICAL time! Why is this you may ask? Because it attracts the immediate attention of Realtors and potential Buyers that are looking in that area of the City. With this in mind, you have a GOLDEN opportunity to showcase and attract as much attention as possible. If you miss this “Golden Window of Opportunity”, your property will become a statistic and sit there along with all the other THOUSANDS of listings that are waiting for someone to come along and put in an offer.
With this in mind… WHY wouldn’t you want your property to “Look the VERY Best It Can Look”.
You know what they say about “First Impressions”? They are “Lasting”.
We advised our client to do the following…
- Prune all Trees and Shrubs
- Cut down Weeds in all Tree/Shrub Beds
- Spread “Small Wood Bark” (ground cover) on top of the existing Decorative Rock in all Tree/Shrub beds as it was infested and contaminated with Weeds and Quack Grass
- Strip the (pet damaged) Sod in the rear yard and replace with new Sod
- Paint the Front Door and Garage Door Black
It’s amazing how these (simple) things really enhanced the curb appeal of the property. So much so that the property was SOLD only TWO DAYS after being listed on the Multiple Listing Service!
Not Too Many Edmonton Sellers or Realtors Can Boast Those Type of Statistics!
Now you could argue that this was just a “Fluke” or “Lady Luck” stepped in and performed her MAGIC! That could be true, but this is NOT the first time we have assisted an Edmonton Seller with the sale of a property and it’s NOT the first time we achieved the same results! I will let you be the judge of WHY our Clients continue to experience the same type of POSITIVE results?
Do you need landscaping experts to help sell your house for top dollar?
If you would like to sell your house for TOP DOLLAR and at LIGHTNING SPEED… why not consider the idea of investing a little time and money by improving the Curb Appeal of your property, BEFORE you list. Trust me… it will go a LONG, LONG WAY!!!
Don’t have the TIME or ENERGY or lack the CREATIVE FLARE to tackle the job yourself? That’s NOT a problem… OUTDOORSPACE would LOVE to help you with that! Get an estimate for your outdoor space!
– Here’s an article backing up this whole idea!
Before and after – Backyard Landscaping makeover! Our Riverbend landscaping project turned out amazing! A lot of different features went into this one…
Our Riverbend Landscape Revitalization project is nearing completion. The sod was planted in the rear yard and the re-build of the Cedar Fence is almost complete. Our client wanted to place an 8′ x 10′ shed beside the house, so in order to minimize any negative impact it would have on the front elevation of the property, we elected to incorporate a custom Cedar Arbor as part of the Cedar Fence. The Arbor was started yesterday and is almost complete. It will also serve as a great place for our client to add some colour with the addition of some beautiful Hanging Baskets! We also commenced the construction of a “one of a kind” Dry River Bed. These particular Landscape features look amazing when they are finished, but they are very time consuming to construct, because of the attention to detail that is required in order to make them look like the real thing! Need help with your Landscape Revitalization project? If so, we would LOVE to help you with that! Contact us for a FREE no obligation Landscape Design consultation!
Before and after – landscaping ideas for your yard! Our HawksRidge landscaping project turned out real nice! As soon as the capstones for the Architectures segmental retaining wall arrive we will “put the icing on the cake”. Our clients have already started to enjoy their new Outdoor Space. They had the fire-pit going before we were done! Get an estimate for your outdoor space too!
The Importance of Maintaining Proper Grading Around the Foundation of Your Home
As a result of (common) backfilling practices that most home builders incorporate, the lot grading around the perimeter of the concrete foundation (Grading Around House) will settle (sink) over time. This is one of the reasons why we (as a landscaping contractor) are unable to provide any warranties with Patios or Sidewalks that are built in close proximity to the foundation walls. Read on for more information about grading problems (grading yard for drainage) and how our yard grading services can help!
Here is one example of a client that was experiencing consistent water problems in their basement:
They purchased a $1.2 Million Dollar home in Edmonton that was only 4 years old. In the space of just “one” year, their basement had flooded “four” times. They contracted us to assess and rectify the problem. The first thing we did (and always do) was to “survey” the lot in order to verify where potential grading deficiencies existed. After we did this we came to the conclusion that they were experiencing problems with water entering their basement for “two” primary reasons. 1. Their neighbour’s sump pump discharge hose was directing water onto their property. 2. A “Builder Installed Window Well” had not been installed correctly and surface runoff water was finding its way underneath the Window Well. During heavy rainfall the ground around this particular area of the home would become “Super Saturated”. As a result, the ground could not absorb any more moisture, so the water level would rise and it would find its way through the sliding window and into the basement. We rectified the “Grading” and “Window Well” deficiencies… and their basement has been dry ever since!
Common Drainage Problems Associated with Newly Built Homes
The reason the ground around the perimeter of the foundation is subject to settling (sinking), is very “little” or “zero” effort is applied to ensuring the backfill material is compacted when it is used to fill the cavity that was created in order to construct the foundation. Instead, most home builders elect to hire “Mother Nature” and let her take care of this process for them.
Why do they do poor grading around house?
Because it’s “cheaper” and it “saves time”. It’s really that simple! The problem with this practice… it’s a slow process and is only accelerated with the aid of moisture that is introduced into the ground by rainfall and the melting of snow and ice in the spring.
Depending on the time of year the backfilling is performed, the ground around the perimeter and close to the foundation may be subject to even more “severe” settling. This is more evident when the backfilling is completed during “sub-zero” temperatures.
Why is temperature important to lot grading?
When the foundation is excavated the native soil (clay) is typically moist or even wet. It is piled and stored above grade until such time the basement walls have been poured and the forms have been removed. After the concrete has had sufficient time to cure, the backfill material that was stored above ground is used to fill the cavity between the basement wall and the undisturbed ground. The problem with this practice and especially during the winter months, is the (moist and wet) material that was excavated and stored above ground a number of weeks ago, has frozen! The practice of utilizing “frozen” backfill material creates even more problems with future settling, as it has numerous “annular spaces” and “air pockets” in-between the frozen lumps of clay. When the frozen material eventually (and it will take some time) thaws, it compresses together, resulting in the settling (sinking) of the ground above. As a result of the “settling” of the soil, it will start to create a “negative” grade situation.
What do we mean by negative grade?
Instead of surface runoff water being driven “away” from the foundation, it will now be driven “towards” the foundation. On newer built homes, the water will find its way down to the “Weeping Tile System” and into the “Sump”. When the water level rises to a pre-set level in the sump, the pump kicks in and water is pumped out. If the sump pump hose is long enough and positioned correctly, the water will flow away from the property and into the storm water sewer system as intended. If the discharge hose is not long enough or positioned incorrectly, the water has the potential to flow back towards the foundation and into the Weeping Tile System… and the process is repeated all over again.
If the grading around the perimeter of the foundation is not rectified, the foundation of the house will continue to be subject to the build-up of excessive amounts of moisture. This typically occurs and is further “compounded” after the thawing of snow and ice and after heavy and prolonged periods of rain in the spring. The (dry) ground acts like a sponge and has the capability to absorb a certain amount of moisture, but if the ground becomes too wet it becomes “Super Saturated”. When this occurs the excessive moisture will start to have a “negative” effect on the foundation and walls. The build-up of excessive amounts of moisture will start to impose “Hydraulic Pressure” on the foundation walls. This process will compromise the concrete and may eventually lead to water entering the basement.
Excessive amounts of moisture in and around the perimeter of the foundation can also create other problems. As winter sets in the moisture freezes and turns to ice. As a result, this will impose additional (external) pressure on the foundation walls. As a result of the external pressure being applied to the concrete, (small) cracks will form. Moisture will enter these cracks during “Thawing” cycles and “Re-Freeze” when temperatures drop below zero. When this happens the concrete is further “compromised” as a result of the expansion of the cracks. This is not something that happens overnight, but if it is not rectified it will eventually lead to the (concrete) foundation being compromised and the potential for water to find its way into the basement.
Conclusion on lot grading:
If grading issues are addressed and addressed relatively quickly, you can avoid the risk of incurring water damage to your basement and the costs and inconveniences that go along with it.
I hope you found this article to be both educational and informative!
For landscaping in general, and for deck and patio planning, when we meet with clients to discuss their “OutdoorSpace” needs, we always start off by asking the following question… “How do you intend on using your OutdoorSpace”. This is a critical question that helps us understand how our clients intend on using their OutdoorSpace… BEFORE we head down the path of creating a landscape design.
We truly believe that our “Outdoor Space” is an extension of our “Indoor Space”. Let me put things into perspective for you. When you build a house you spend a lot of time and resources selecting or modifying a plan or design to suit your individual or family (lifestyle) needs. So why would you not do the same when creating a design for your OutdoorSpace?
Considerations for Your Deck and Patio
With this in mind, why don’t we start with a common (hardscape) Landscape feature such as a deck or patio. These types of features are typically one of the most expensive components of any landscaping project, so why wouldn’t you take the time to make sure you’re create something that is going to work for you?
All too often decks and patios are constructed with absolutely no thought or consideration for their intended use. For instance, do you plan on setting up a table and chairs for lunch or dinner, or are you are planning on using this Space to relax in some BIG FAT COMFY lounge chairs? What if you intend on introducing a nice fire table to keep you warm on those cool Edmonton summer evenings?
These are all things that need to be taken into careful consideration… BEFORE you create your design!
Whatever the intended use, you should also make sure you create adequate space to position the furniture the way you want it. There is nothing worse than purchasing the furniture you want, only to find out that it won’t work with the space you have created.
Maybe you plan on installing a gazebo after the deck and patio has been constructed?
These are all things that should be taken into consideration PRIOR to constructing these types of landscape features.
When we conduct Landscape Design Consultations with potential clients, we ALWAYS suggest that they consider the following before they decide on sizing a deck or patio.
- What is the intended use for the specific area?
- What does the footprint (layout and size) of the furniture look like?
- Are you are planning on installing a gazebo to cover the area?
Size of Your Deck and Patio
Once you have made the above decisions, you are now in a position to correctly size the deck or patio.
If I can put this into perspective for you. Let’s say you have a “size 12 foot”. Would you go out and purchase a pair of “size 8” shoes? I think you get the idea of where I am coming from!
These are the following steps I recommend you take, PRIOR to establishing the size of a deck or patio:
- Decide on the intended use for the space
- Select the type of furniture you intend on purchasing for the space
- Obtain measurements with everything positioned the way you intend and make sure you have provided yourself with enough space to sit comfortably, as well as navigate around the furniture. There is nothing more uncomfortable than being too close to a Fire Table, having your chair fall off the outer edge of a Patio or jammed up against the House or Deck railing!
- If you are planning on installing a gazebo to cover the furniture obtain the size of the structure
NOW… you are in a position to correctly size the deck or patio!
Don’t put the “Cart Before the Horse”, or in this case… Don’t construct the “Deck or Patio Before You Choose Your Furniture”.
We are pretty sure of one thing… if you follow the advice that we have offered, you will be glad that you did!
Should you have any questions or if you would like some help designing your own OutdoorSpace… We would love to help you with that! Contact us here.
We just kick-started our marketing for the 2017 landscaping season. We installed a 51′ x 7′ Vinyl Banner on the side of our Dry Van Trailer that is parked on the west side of the QE2 highway just south of the city limits. This should get us some attention!
We are already starting to book projects for the “2017 Landscaping Season”. Let OutdoorSpace help you realize your landscaping dreams!
We just completed some improvements to our website. We added a whole bunch of photos from projects that we completed this past summer. We also separated the photos into categories. Hope you like the “new look”
2016 was a busy and successful year for Outdoorspace and we are looking forward to helping more clients realize their landscaping dreams in 2017!