When you pull up to the curb in front of a house, whether it’s your own home or a house you are thinking of buying, the first thing you notice is the yard. As you walk towards the front door, the feel and artistry of the landscaping around you can put you in a peaceful and happy frame of mind. If you are visiting a house that you are thinking of buying, the landscaping surrounding it will create a strong first impression and set the tone for the rest of your visit. Like an exquisite book cover design, aesthetically appealing landscaping can give you a good feeling about what’s inside the house. For all of these reasons, it is important to have a well-landscaped yard, especially if you are thinking of selling your house.

In the past, landscaping may have been limited to grass, hedges and trees, but with the trend toward outdoor living, it has evolved into an important part of the design and functionality of a home. This is especially true in Hawaii, where we are fortunate to be able to be outdoors year-round.


A well-landscaped yard can contribute to sustainable living by including edible plants and vegetation that helps to keep pests away. It can even minimize flood damage by incorporating proper drainage. When the basics are all in place, an outdoor kitchen and seating area can go even further to enhance your outdoor experience and make the outside your new inside.


Once you have completed your landscaping, proper maintenance is no different than maintaining any other part of your house. Keep track of the plants that aren’t doing well and communicate with your landscaper. Some plants might needs to be changed so they will thrive, or it might be better to plant something different. Some plants that grow in clumps are easy to separate and transplant, which will save you the cost of buying new plants.

Maintenance should also include regularly de-thatching the lawn, which helps aerate the grass so it can grow into a thick, lush turf. Check out www.LanaiScapes.com for information about grass types and irrigation so you can see the best choice for your environment and soil.


Smart landscaping will not only bring you personal satisfaction, it will increase the value of your home. The time to start landscaping is not when you are getting ready to sell your home, it should already be put in place well before then. Remodeling a bathroom or kitchen can be done at the last minute to increase the value of your house, but it may not have the same positive impact on a potential buyer if there is not a strong first impression of the landscaping to go along with it.

Call LanaiScapes, a company that can help you to develop a plan that will not only turn your yard into a luxurious living space, but increase the value of your house when you are ready to sell.

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