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Curbside Appeal: Go To Tools for Property Maintenance

By Jamie Richardson | October 24, 2018

Owning property requires regular care and responsibility, which isn’t too difficult to get done on your own if you are willing to put in the time it takes - and invest in a few good tools to help you. How well you take care of your yard reflects on how people view your property value, and a good curbside appeal can be crucial in getting the attention of potential buyers.

The following highlights the few tools you may want to consider to get started with your lawn and yard care maintenance. Some basics are all you really need to keep everything in tip-top shape, and well under control.

Lawn Mower
A well cared for lawn is one of the first things a potential buyer notices. Keeping it well trimmed can help belay a sense of order and attention to the rest of the property, and draws in those who value the time and effort provided. A good lawn mower will allow you to get this chore done with very little effort, and picking one to fit the size of the lawn, as well as your own needs, is important to consider. Riding mowers, manual mowers, electric mowers, and various gas-powered models are all available from which to choose from.

String Trimmer
String trimmer and weed whackers are a must have to help clean up any areas your lawnmower is unable to reach. Along fences, borders, rocks, garden features, and under decks are all areas commonly plagued by tall grasses and weeds? These long handled tools allow you to reach into those spaces and clean them up quickly and efficiently. Plus, they also lend themselves well as an edge trimmer along driveways and sidewalks.

Snow Blower
Obviously, your property care will slow down come the winter months, but that doesn't mean you are allowed to neglect it completely. If you live where snowfall is a regular occurrence, you may want to invest in a snow blower model of some sort.

Like a lawnmower, there are many snowblower models from which to choose from. After hours of research into these products, you can break down your needs into simple categories for power, and ease of use through both gas and electric powered choices.

Pruning and/or Lopping Shears
Pruning shears can handle up to ½ diameter branches and limbs and are perfect for getting rid of plant suckers, shaping bushes, and trimming back brush. Lopping shears work the same as pruning shears, but have more power and durability, and can handle to 1 ½ inch thick material. These are some that can handle even larger.

There are many different types of shovels to be used for various jobs around your property. Different types of digging, planting, edging, and snow shoveling all have a specific type of tool associated with each job, but a few good choices are all you need to take care of any work that may call for one. A snow shovel is especially nice to get into all those hard to reach places.

A leaf and lawn rake are a necessity if you have trees and garden beds. A lawn rake can help you get those autumnal leaves quickly rake dup and piled, while a garden rake can help you turn soil for healthy aeration, pull hard to reach weeds, and help with dry grass cleanup each spring.

Your lawn will most definitely benefit from a fertilizer application on a regular schedule. You also may need to spread weed and/or bug killer from time to time and will want to make sure that it is evenly spread to ensure it is an effective treatment. Most functional spreaders will do, just be sure you can adjust the flow of granules for easier measurement purposes.

Wheelbarrow or Utility Cart
A wheelbarrow or utility cart is a tool you may think you can do without until you get one and realize you should have gotten one much sooner. These help you get your tools from one place to the other and also allow you to think about your yard projects without worries of transportation. Move plants, leaves, dirt, compost, or even just your tools to where you need them with ease, and avoid taking trip after trip to get your chore complete.

Keeping your yard in an aesthetically pleasing state will get it noticed, and keep it noticed, even if you aren’t committed to selling quite yet. The curbside appeal of a pretty property helps hint at what the rest of the home may look like, and draws potential buyers in. Your own care of the yard only requires a bit of effort now and again to keep it picked up, well trimmed, and cleared out.

If you don’t already have these tools available, they are easy to come by at local garden centers and hardware stores. Plus, the investment you make in them ensures you the freedom to take care of your own property without having to wait for somebody to do it for you.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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