Does Your Home Have the ‘JOY’ Factor?

Posted by Jen Scholte Team on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at 11:44am.

Does Your Home Have the ‘JOY’ Factor?

When it comes to the enjoyment homeowners gain from renovation projects, a fire feature and irrigation system tied for first place for a perfect JOY Score of 10! JOY Scores range between 1 and 10 and higher figures indicate greater joy from the project. 83% of homeowners who installed a fire feature said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project, and 69% of homeowners who installed an irrigation system in their garden said they feel a major sense of accomplishment when they think of the project.  There is no shortage of opportunities to enhance your landscape and to reap the benefits these upgrades provide.  However, if your budget is limited, but you still want to offer the JOY factor to potential buyers, you could do each of the following:

1. Spring clean

A good cleanup is the first step. A leaf blower makes quick work of clearing debris from flowerbeds, yards, and mulched areas. Also, fix bare patches in the grass and add a fresh layer of mulch to create a neat-looking outdoor space.

2. Mow the lawn

A carpet of grass is inviting and creates a crisp backdrop for the rest of any living landscape. Proper mowing helps create a beautiful, lower-maintenance lawn. The general rule of thumb is to cut only the top third of the grass blades off at any given time.

3. Trim bushes & trees

Use a trimmer, chainsaw, or pole pruner to cut back any overgrown shrubs, bushes, or trees. Use an edger to form a polished, clean boundary between the lawn and walkways.

4. Keep safety in mind

Review handling and safety procedures for all outdoor power equipment. Follow all guidelines, and get familiar with controls. Lost the manual? Look it up online and save a copy on your computer for easy reference next time.

5. Right plant, right place

Plant colorful flowers in the flowerbeds, along fence lines, and in patio containers, especially near the front door. Selecting native plants (refer to the Native Plants: - OALA | The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects) ensures your landscaping will thrive, and it will also require less water and upkeep.

6. Plant for pollinators & wildlife

Native plants attract local pollinators and wildlife, adding an extra-special touch to showings. Family yards are an important part of the connected ecosystem providing much-needed food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other creatures.

Debbie Bullock, Sales Representative

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