Jefe and I are do-it- yourselfers. In our early flips, we did everything on the houses.
However, as we have more houses in the pipeline, we farm out more of the work. It’s not a
question of whether we want to do the work; it’s all about time management. Having good
contractors helps us get the houses on the market faster.
One area where a good contractor can help is lawn maintenance. Curb appeal is critical is the
sale of a house. According to statistics from the National Association of Realtors, 50 percent of
all potential home buyers make the decision not to buy a house before going inside.
I have two good reasons for using a lawn maintenance company when flipping a house.
1) They get the job done quickly.
2) I would rather stare down a Bengal tiger than a patch of poison ivy, and every flip we’ve
encountered has the devil weed lurking about.
Call your weed-and- feed contractor early in the process. While you’re working on the house, the fertilizer and weed control can work its magic.
Jefe and I are TruGreen fans. I’ve used them for my own lawn for years and have been very
pleased. They are professional and reasonably priced. Since I’m one of those geeks who is
interested in understanding the how things work, the technicians are always very patient in
answering my questions. And, on the few occasions where I’ve had issues, TruGreen has always
been quick to return and address my concerns.
We never expect our contractors to be perfect, but we do expect them to be responsive.
I asked TruGreen for some tips on lawn maintenance for our Fliposaurus readers. (Okay, I realize that asking a lawn care company if it’s a good idea to use a lawn care company is akin to asking a barber if you need a haircut, but their points are still valid.)
One of the top reasons they believe that proper lawn maintenance is important is exactly what Jefe and I have been telling you.
According to TruGreen, “It adds to your home’s curb appeal. A healthy, green, well-maintained landscape adds to your home’s curb appeal and offers a good first impression to potential buyers.”
The other reasons are more obvious – removal of noxious weeds, insects and grubs, and a healthier lawn.
Primarily, Jefe and I seek assistance in getting the yard greened up and removing of the weeds. We want the lawn to show well when the prospective buyer pulls up.
While the lawn-care professionals focus on the yard, we focus on getting the house ready to sell.
You can check out TruGreen and its services at www.trugreen.com.