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All About Elastomeric Stucco Painting

Painting stucco can be a daunting task because of its textured surface. As such, executing this uphill task correctly calls for a huge deal of both...

on Feb 19, 2017

Hidden Dangers in Your Home Due to Broken Furnace and AC System

There are hidden risks in your home that could potentially endanger your family. This can be brought about by a damaged HVAC that needs to be...

on Feb 18, 2017

The Hidden Danger of Ignoring Damaged Bricks?

It is a common misconception that the extent of unsightly brick damage is limited to aesthetics. While it is true, brick repairs and tuck pointing...

on Feb 17, 2017

Creating a Strong Home Security Plan

Crime remains a major concern for most homeowners. The reality of becoming a victim is frightening, yet many people don't know what steps are most...

on Feb 16, 2017

4 Tips for Decorating your Studio Apartment

If you live in a small to medium-sized living space, you may need to get creative with decorating. It’s not uncommon to pay a great deal for a...

on Feb 16, 2017

Landscaping: Your Return on Investment

by Dan Eskelson on Apr 30, 2012

Researchers conducted a study of home sale prices and compared the results based on varying levels of landscape quality. Not only were the type, size and condition of plantings considered, but also the overall design. Landscapes were rated "poor," "average," "good," or "excellent." Results concluded that those homes with good and excellent landscapes had a fourteen to seventeen percent higher sale value than those in the poor and average categories.

This study was done in Greenville, SC and included 218 single family residences. Though results may vary slightly by region, the study indicates that the monetary return on investment for quality landscaping certainly justifies the cost; better landscapes bring higher sale value.

In addition to sale value, proper landscape installation will insure less expense over time and greater satisfaction. In my years of landscaping experience, I've been required to replant and/or repair numerous landscapes which were originally installed without proper planning and technique. This ends up being more expensive than doing the job right the first time.

Dan Eskelson @ Clearwater Landscapes, Inc.

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