Curb Appeal Attracts Home Buyers and Customers

homeowner association communityHere in the Tampa Bay area there are many businesses that are feeling the sting from the fallen housing market to an economy in crisis.   Many homeowner associations (HOA) are also feeling the sting of homes that remain in purgatory awaiting certain foreclosure.  HOA‘s with vacant, neglected homes in them also face difficulty attracting potential home buyers with their entrances to their community looking neglected and run down.  As a potential buyer my FIRST thought driving into a community like this one would be “Why would I want to buy into this?”  …what would yours be?

In a bad housing market, the aftermath of ‘”doing nothing” and expecting a change is suicide.  The smallest details make a difference in these troubled times. Having an attractive landscape design in front of a community entrance is one of those details that are always overlooked.  Never under estimate the power of this fine detail!

grass money pits

Grass Money Pits

Benefits of Florida Friendly Landscaping

Other than curb appeal that will sustain even under the harshest conditions, Many homeowners across Tampa, and all over Florida have already starting to notice… this type of design is very easy to keep up.  The cost of maintenance is much lower, which is something HOA community management companies and HOA boards should seriously consider, as this could take a load off of their annual maintenance budgets (that shrink as more people lose their homes).  What once started a s great idea is no more.  Grass yards and large areas of lawn are becoming harder and more costly to manage.  Limiting these “grass money pit” areas in the community and replacing them with large planting areas that need little maintenance and almost zero replacement costs should make sense to a 12 year old… if you think it wouldn’t, ask one!


hoa communityBeauty from the Eyes of a Buyer

People are attracted to beautiful things …the mind is just programmed that way. You can test this theory the next time you flip through a magazine. Your eyes will pick up the most desirable images in front of you. It can be an image of a person, place or thing, but that which your eyes deem worthy will be the first thing you will notice. Most new home buyers are programmed the same way.  Landscaping is the first thing people notice before they even consider looking inside.  The entrance to the community is seen before the home is even in view!

“A landscape that looks ragged and neglected projects a bad image and gives the public the impression that the building or property’s owner doesn’t care about his property or customers.”

Commercial Landscape Design for Better Business

One many valuable benefit of landscaping that is always taken for granted is the way it can effect the spirit.  Poorly designed or neglected landscaping will bring you down, just as a well designed and manicured landscape can pick you up.  That is why hospitals,  nursing homes and hospice centers keep up with their landscaping.  It is also why amusement parks spend huge annual budgets on landscaping.  What it can do for a HOA community is make the community a desired place to want to live in.  For a business, a well thought out commercial landscape design can make it a landmark!