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Second Home Landscaping Tips

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Landscaping Ideas for Potential Second Home Owners

You’re looking for a second house that you’ll either use part of the year or move into full-time when you retire. How much effort should you put into landscaping the second property because you won’t be there full-time? The answer is contingent on the state of the landscaping and if you want to reside in the house part-time or rent it out. Have a look at Northwood Outdoor Services – Landscaping Rogers MN to get more info on this.

For example, the house could be a foreclosed or bank-owned property with unkempt landscape. It could also be fully planted and in fantastic condition, but you’ll have to keep up with the upkeep. It could have been a rented property with only minor landscaping upgrades.

You must evaluate the existing state of the landscaping, regardless of the type of property. It might be anything from a neglected landscape to a high-end outdoor living space where the owners appreciated expert landscaping and spent money on a custom design and installation.

The current condition of second house landscaping can be divided into three groups:

1) A Blank Slate (needs a complete landscape)

These are residences that may have never been landscaped, save for a few trees and plants and a layer of gravel. They’re houses where the owners didn’t think it was important to beautify the landscaping by adding a patio, attractive fencing, or other features. There may still be a significant amount of native plants in its natural state.

To some extent, these properties are like a blank slate because there isn’t much to rip out and redo the way you want it or to fix flaws in terms of taste or poor workmanship. Foreclosures, rents, and elderly homes are among these properties.

2) The Renovation (needs repairs and a makeover)

It’s possible that your new home has a concrete driveway, block walls, brick patios, and a barbeque island, and that it was formerly part of a whole landscaping effort. Professional landscapers may have installed it, or some of the enhancements may have been made by homeowners.

When a landscape requires a makeover or refurbishment, it’s usually because the new owner doesn’t like it. It could be in need of repairs, it could be missing key parts, it may be lacking in patio space, the front may be lacking in curb appeal, the barbeque island could be at an inconvenient location, and so on.

3) The Acceptable Environment (fully landscaped)

The home may have had a completely landscaped yard with an irrigation system, drain lines, a lawn, a fountain, decks, and lovely trees and bushes that were either maintained by the owner or a maintenance agency. Except for regions where you would like to tweak or add anything that it lacks, this style of landscape requires few adjustments. You must ensure that it is maintained when you are an absentee owner.

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