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Landscape Checklist for Your New Home

By Botanical Decorators
August 17, 2017

Your new home is perhaps one of the largest investments you will ever make, so why not make sure all your bases are covered before your purchase? Of course, as a home buyer, you understand the important role checklists can play when it comes to making sure everything is in order with your new home—from plumbing to roofing and more!

But how much thought have you put into the landscaping of your new home? If the answer is “not much,” the professionals at Botanical Decorators can help! Explore this great landscape checklist for your new home, and then give us a call at 301-948-6625 to see how we can help to improve your home’s outdoor oasis of comfort!

Set Your Budget

Exactly how much you want to spend on your new home’s landscaping is strictly a personal decision. A general rule of thumb is to allocate 5-10% of your home’s overall value for landscaping. If you choose to spend more, be sure this decision is based on personal preferences and not with the expectation of seeing a larger return on your investment.

Manage Your Expectations

Love to barbeque? Want to entertain outdoors? Have children or pets? Depending on how much space you have available, and what your budget is, your new home’s landscaping should be tailored to suit your specific needs and wants. Consider how you expect to use your new home’s outdoor space and create a list of must-haves and wish-list items, including:

  • How much space you want for entertaining
  • How much space you need for playing with your children
  • How much shade you require
  • Any specific landscaping features like patios, plants, playgrounds, or pools

You should also consider the safety aspect of your landscaping. There are many common varieties of flowers and plants that can add a gorgeous aesthetic to your new home’s landscaping, but these same plants can pose a serious health risk to pets and small children. Additionally, water features like pools and spas can also pose safety risks. Be sure to talk with your professional landscaping company regarding any safety concerns in advance!

Consider Maintenance & Sustainability

As you work through your landscape checklist for your new home, it’s important to consider the sustainability and plant maintenance of your landscaping. Do you prefer low-maintenance landscaping, or do you have a green thumb and wish to spend as much time as possible in your yard? Are you concerned about watering and irrigation requirements that your landscaping may need? Or will you do whatever it takes to have a lush, oasis of comfort? These are all questions you should ask yourself before getting started on any major landscaping projects.

Choose Botanical Decorators for Landscaping in MD, VA & DC

Botanical Decorators can help you choose the best landscaping layout for your specific needs and preferences. Our goal is to offer you the outdoor paradise you’ve always dreamed of, like the ones found in our award-winning projects and luxury landscape designs portfolios.

Request your consultation today to get started on the landscape checklist for your new home!


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