Although landscaping looks nice and really adds a great touch to any home, it can also make quite the dent to your bank account. Most prospective home buyers don’t see the potential cost landscaping could incur them within the first year of moving in. The following are a few things to look out for.
Landscaping against home
A lot of times landscaping can be used to hide or disguise problems with the home you are looking to purchase. That is why it is really important to pay extra attention to landscaping that sits close to or against the house. Bushes and shrubs might look nice at first glance, but in the long run, a bush leaning against your home gives insects like termites easy access to your home. This could cost you a pretty penny down the road.
It’s important to ask if your potential home has an irrigation system. If it does, make sure to ask how old it is. Although irrigation systems are convenient when it comes to keeping your lawn watered and well maintained, they come with some disadvantages. A system that wasn’t installed properly or wasn’t well maintained over the years can have tons of leaks. A bad irrigation system will cost you thousands in repairs and potentially another thousand in wasted water. Make sure to get the irrigation system inspected before purchasing the home.
Exposed tree roots shouldn’t be too alarming. However, it is recommended to take a closer look at them when house hunting. If they are close to the homes foundation, it could cause some structural damage now or in the future. Pay attention to limbs hanging over the roof as well. These can cause damage to shingles and make it easier for pests like possums to cause damage.
With that being said, landscaping problems shouldn’t be a deal breaker when it comes to buying your house. Either request the sellers to complete the repairs or offer a lower price, so the repairs can be done after purchase. Don’t let landscaping stand in the way of buying your dream home!