LOVELAND – Are you looking to make some changes to your property? Whether you are planning on cutting down trees, adding shrubs, putting in an irrigation system, or have begun to believe that ‘good fences make good neighbors’ – here are a few tips to consider for yard
Check property lines
If you’ve decided that you want that white picket fence after all – you’ll want to make sure it’s yours and yours alone. If your plans include putting up a fence, adding a hedge, or planting a series of trees to delineate property lines, make sure you get a survey done. A proper survey will ensure that any additions will fall within your property, rather than directly on the line (which could potentially invade into your neighbors’
space.) Plan ahead to avoid any
Check before you cut down trees
As a courtesy to your neighbors, make sure you consult them first in an effort to maintain good relations. That tree that you want to cut down might actually be on their property even if it hangs over yours and they may not want it removed from their yard. Conversely, you might have a tree on your property that provides much-appreciated shade or privacy for them and would hope that you would consider leaving in place. It’s best practice to inform them of your intentions prior to making the cut. The concept of ‘it’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission’ is not always the best tactic when it comes to yard renovations and keeping neighborly relations.
Before you dig, know what’s below!
You always want to know what’s in the ground before you start digging up the yard. The last thing you want to do is disrupt gas or power lines! Less dangerous but equally important to note are any irrigation, cable/utilities, septic/sewage, or water lines. Play it safe and call Dig Safe to mark the location of all the lines in your yard. It’s vital to know what’s below the ground to avoid harm or disruption of services to you and those around you.
Consider home values
If you’re renovating with the intention of selling, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. Your agent can provide advice on features that will improve your curb appeal and home value.
It’s great to make improvements to your yard and summer is the perfect season to do it, however, you want to make sure that you’re maintaining good relations, protecting everyone’s safety, and improving the value of your home.
By Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance