Landscaping is a great way to put a personal touch on the exterior of your home, adding color and life to the typical neutrals of your siding, windows, and roof. A well-landscaped yard not only looks great, but can boost your property’s value when you sell.
But landscaping does far more than just look pretty. It also can protect your home and its inhabitants. Here are 3 ways landscaping can benefit your home and family:
If the soil surrounding your home’s foundation is mounded up or improperly graded, this can lead to pooling of water and, over time, wear away at your foundation. Bringing in a landscaping professional to check that the soil is sloped at a proper angle so that water rolls away from your foundation without it being so high up on your home that it leads to extra moisture retention. But don’t make it too high: the siding should not come into contact with the soil, and you should make sure any weepholes in brick veneer aren’t covered up.
Also, if you do landscape around your home, don’t ignore the plainer sides of your home. Landscaped sections tend to receive more watering, and the soil on those sides expands while the non-landscaped sections retain their normal size and consistency. This can lead to foundation damage, if the soil around your home is pushing up against the foundation unevenly.
Why is this important? Your home’s foundation is literally the thing that holds it up and keeps things standing. If your foundation has cracks, the upper floors of your home can shift, leading to expensive – and dangerous – damage.
Giving careful consideration to where you landscape, what type of landscaping you use, and any other elements, such as lighting, can help protect your home from intruders. First, keep large bushes or other things that block line of sight away from entrances is important. To minimize the chance of someone snooping around under your windows, consider adding rose bushes or some other thorny plant to discourage prowling. And once you do have landscaping established, make sure to keep things trimmed and neat, as overgrowth can become a prime hiding spot. You should also make sure there is nothing organic touching the house; there should be a 6-12 inch gap between the siding and any plants.
Your landscaping choices aren’t entirely about greenery and flowers, however. Making sure your yard has ample lighting and that dark areas are illuminated. If you don’t like the look of electric lights or worry about the high cost of power, there are a lot of great solar-powered outdoor lighting options to look into.
Why is this important? Of course, keeping your home safe from burglars is important! Not only does decreasing the risk protect you and your family, but it decreases the crime rate in your area, which positively impacts property values when you want to sell.
Natural Disaster Suppression
In Maryland, the major concern is weather: high winds, heavy rains, hurricanes, heavy snow, and even the occasional tornado. Depending on where you live, you may need to consider the likelihood of these natural disasters when choosing your landscaping, especially since climate patterns are changing. In areas where wind storms or tornadoes are common, planting trees and shrubs strategically around your home to reduce wind speeds and decrease damage may be important. If your area is prone to flooding, planting native trees and shrubs that will take root and create drainage space in the soil helps minimize the possibility of flooding.
Consulting with an experienced local landscaper knowledgeable about your local climate is important when designing your yard with natural disaster considerations in mind.
Why is this important? While there’s little that can be done to prevent the onset of a natural disaster such as a fire or flood, taking steps to minimize the damage to your home could mean the difference between minor inconveniences and tragedy. Protecting your home can help improve property values, decrease insurance premiums, and increase your chances of selling quickly.
Independent Home Inspections in Frederick, MD, & Beyond
Thinking of selling your home? Want to add some landscaping but aren’t sure how the rest of your home is doing? The home inspection professionals at Inspections by Bob can come to your home and give you a thorough, independent inspection you won’t get anywhere else.
We take our time looking over your home, making recommendations on items that need to be repaired now, what you need to keep an eye on, and how best to maintain the systems in your home. You don’t even need to be thinking of selling to get one of our inspections! We offer anytime home inspections to check up on your home’s systems so you can be sure things are always in top condition.
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