Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : Don't forget the mulch!

Don't forget the mulch!

 

Selling your home? On a tight budget?

Whether you are selling your home or just want your house to look nicer, you can make vast improvements to the appearance, simply by purchasing a few bags of mulch.

 

Pulling Weeds in Brookdale Naperville
-pulling weeds in my front yard

 

Many homes I see have overgrown garden areas, even near the front door.  This is bad.  When it comes to real estate, sometimes you CAN judge a book by it's cover.

Although removing weeds is generally unpleasant work, it is worthwhile. So, take some time to clean up the weeds and overgrown areas.  Spread a fresh layer of mulch on all of your landscaped areas. It will look great, and will help prevent future weed growth.

Empty Bag of Scotts Mulch
-an empty bag of Scott's brand mulch I used on Father's Day...

 

A typical bag of mulch is priced between $2 and $5.  The more expensive brands have more consistent wood chips and durable, vibrant colors.  Most brands offer different colors as well, so that you can match the color to your home's personality.

A typical yard might need between 5 and 20 bags of mulch, depending on the size of the yard and amount of landscaped areas...

 

Mulching in Brookdale, Naperville
-taking time from the work to pose for a picture...

 

After weeding, make sure you spread plenty of mulch.  It doesn't pay to skimp.  Believe me, I try.

I usually find myself heading back to the store for a few more bags.  The more I use, the better it looks.

So, if you are selling your home, make sure you pay some attention to the outside of the house too...

AND, don't forget the mulch! 

Ken

 

 

Comment balloon 13 commentsKen Tracy • June 22 2011 10:04PM

Comments

Hi Ken, mulch does make a huge difference in appearance plus it helps to hold in moisture and to prevent weeds.  Good post!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 7 years ago

Good Evening Ken

Thanks for the post. Have a great day

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) about 7 years ago
You know, that is a great tip. And so cheap. It is amazing what a big difference such an inexpensive thing like this can make. You are so right.
Posted by Michael Kitsch (Coldwell Banker) about 7 years ago

Ken...

Fresh mulch really does make any landscaped area look a whole lot better!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 7 years ago

I read a story of a real estate investor who bought a house that for a long time never sold and went into foreclosure.  All he did was pay a guy $40 to mow the lawn and he sold it for a big profit in less than a week!  I know just going through MLS when I was searching for a home I would not even look at interior pictures if if the curb appeal was not there.

Posted by Simon Webster (CRE Credit Services) about 7 years ago

Hi Judith, Patrick, and Cheryl.  Thanks so much.

I enjoyed doing the work.  I guess I like yard work.  I certainly like seeing my home look nice!

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 7 years ago

Ken, You're right.  Mulch finishes a garden, saves water, retards weed growth and nourishes the soil as it decomposes.  All good stuff.  Some tree cutting companies will deliver it for free (check Craigslist and beware of mulch from diseased trees), but I buy fine, bulk organic mulch from a ranch (Wheeler Farms/Ranch for anyone on the San Francisco Peninsula), 10 cubic yards at a time and have it delivered.  It's more expensive in the short run but worth it in the long run.

Are those Hostas?

 

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) about 7 years ago

Hi Lloyd, Simon, and Richard.  Thanks for stopping in!

Wow Lloyd.  You sound like a mulch expert!  Yes those are hostas...

I am actually rather new to gardening.  I used to have a townhome.  I am enjoying...

And mulch makes the garden look great!

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 7 years ago

I should be the mulch Czar.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) about 7 years ago

Ken: You're preachin' to the choir with me! I'm a huge mulch fan .. just ask my wife. I get giddy with my annual purchase and freshening of the mulch. But you're so right. With a little effort the home just looks so much better. A very simple and inexpensive enhancement to curb appeal ...

Thumbs up on this post and "suggested"!

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 7 years ago

Hi Gene and Lloyd.  Thanks!

Lloyd, you  are the mulch Czar.:)  Gene, thanks for suggesting it...

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 7 years ago

Ken--You did such a good job mulching for this photo, please come to my house.  I did the weeding a few days ago.  Now we just need the mulch.

PS we are not selling, but it does keep the weeds from growing and improves the appearance.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Mary.  The weeding is the hard part!

Go buy a few bags and enjoy!

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 7 years ago

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