Many first-time home buyers move from apartments or condos to a single-family home, and may have little background in yard maintenance. If that describes you, here are some questions to help you learn about your target property and gauge what kind of care it might involve.
The homeowners, or their agents, will be a good source of much of this information. You can also turn to the home inspector, or a local gardening center or university extension programs that specialize in local gardening. We’re also happy to help, so ask away!
If you want information about buying or selling a home in the Carson City and Carson Valley area, please give one of our great agents a call. We’re here to help.
Questions for homeowners or listing agents:
- What kind of trees are these, and what care do they require?
- Are there watering restrictions in this area?
- Are these flowers annuals or perennials?
- How much direct light does the garden or lawn get in the winter/summer?
- Are there other plants you’ve tried, that won’t grow here?
- What can you tell me about the sprinkler/drip system?
Questions for home inspectors:
- Are these trees or bushes planted far enough from the house that I don’t need to be concerned about falling branches or roots damaging the roof, foundation or sidewalk?
- Should I worry that the ivy along the exterior could damage the walls?
- Is there good drainage in the yard, or will water pool in the middle of the lawn?
Questions for local gardening experts:
- Will these trees get much bigger?
- Will any plants take over and damage other plantings?
- I have allergies: Can you recommend plants that produce less pollen?