Curb Appeal to Increase Your Real Estate

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What is the first thing seen when you drive into a driveway? A potential buyer (if your home is on the market) or a visitor will notice the cracks and broken pieces around the driveway or walkway leading up to the house. Curb appeal gives a better impression when all the eyesores are repaired and tidy. How to increase your real estate sell is the focus of any seller. Let’s look at the options available.

If you are planning on selling your home or investment property, arrange in advance by observing curb appeal-driveway-walkwayproblem areas. Walk around and notice all the problem spots from a buyer’s point of view and take notes. If the driveway needs consideration, will there be repairs or replaced entirely? Contact a licensed contractor to give advice and make recommendations for the best options to enhance the curb appeal of the home.

Enhance Curb Appeal with Repairs & Replacements

If an asphalt driveway is cracking, consider patching it. Cracks can expedite the deterioration if not filled in and repaired. Repairing a concrete or asphalt driveway may take up to 2-3 days. If installing a new concrete driveway, it won’t be ready to drive on for seven days, so planning is prudent. Otherwise, crushed stone or gravel can be installed in a day’s time. Pavers are a great alternative and can last upwards of 100 years or more. There are many varieties of pavers with patterns that can be laid to enhance the entrance to your home. These pavers can be tied into the walkway entrance with the same pattern.

Walkways and porches are areas that will be noticed by a visitor or a potential buyer. Concrete is usually a material used by default but also consider all your options. In some spaces, pea gravel with spots of large flagstone as stepping-stones can be used with the appropriate style of home. Brick and flagstone or decorative pavers add curb appeal and a favorable response welcoming friends and family.

If you are ready to add some curb appeal to your home, we can help with the best approach to your budget. Give us a call and let’s discuss.

Preparing the Site Before Land Clearing

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Unless you’re building on a cow pasture with no trees in sight, you will want to prepare the site before a land clearing crew arrives. Walking the land with your architect, landscape designer and contractor will be prudent during this foundational process. As professionals with experience, they can advise the best views, environmental advantages and avert potential hazards while making financial recommendations that will save money, time and headaches later. After this meeting, prepare with these tips:

  1.  Consider the house footprint and other buildable areas to clear. These should be marked off clearly with neon paint or tape. (i.e. driveways, septic tank and leach fields, wells, garages, outdoor patios, fire pits)
  2.  Property boundaries should be marked clearly for land clearing.
  3.  Consider the road access for construction and heavy excavation machinery for land clearing on the property. Where will it be stored daily to not constrict traffic flow?
  4.  Protect trees that will not be cleared by taping off around the tree out to the drip edges or beyond. Compaction of the soil in these areas around the roots will deprive it of oxygen and bring about death. In addition, piling soil or debris around a tree or its root system will also kill the tree.

For a consultation with us, use our easy contact form online to schedule an appointment. We’d love to talk to you about your land/lot clearing needs and to educate you on other proper procedures to ensure your land is treated with environmental delicacy when land planning. Our forestry mulcher and chipper can leave your lot and land clear with no environmental damage occurring. Call us today at 828.712.1590.



Lot and Land Clearing Bidding Process and Questions to Consider

Before land clearing, some considerations have to be in place before a contractor and crew start clearing. When hiring a landscape contractor ask yourself these questions in order to clarify what exactly you want them to do. You will be better prepared to compare apples with apples in the lot and land clearing and bidding process. Each landscape contractor may have a different vision for what a lot should look like afterwards but may not measure up to your expectations. Consider these factors in the bidding process:

  1.  What do you want the lot to look like when it’s cleared? (Having photos of
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    The grapple bucket attachment mounted to our 299D CAT xhp devised to lift trees, rocks, logs, brush, culverts and more up to 4500 lbs.

    other cleared lots will help explain your vision.)

  2.  Do you have valuable timber on your property and do you need to contact a lumber broker for resale?
  3.  What happens with the trees, debris and large stone after clearing? Is it hauled away, piled out of site or burned?
  4.  What about drainage on the site? Do you have any or anticipate any potential drainage issues?
  5.  Are there zoning, HOA covenants, restrictions or permits required before the job can start?
  6.  What areas do you want to be cleared and preserved?
  7.  Are there view scapes to consider and how will they be cut out?

We are equipped to handle the production of lot and land clearing with our machinery for this type of work. Our equipment includes a 299D CATxhp mulcher with clearing head on skid steer loader, a Woodsman 18x Chipper with winch and drag loader equipped with a rolling wheel, a grapple bucket attachment to lift and maneuver weighty, awkward size materials, a Kubota track hoe with thumb and Kubota BX-24 tractor with backhoe. You are guaranteed a fast, efficient thorough job leaving your property clear, clean and void of mess and debris ready to build, plant or develop.

If you’re ready to discuss your property needs with a professional, call our office at 828-712-1590 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.