You are shopping for a second home and will use it part of the year or perhaps move into it full time when you retire. Since you will not be there full time, how much effort should you put into the second home landscaping?
The answer depends on the current state of the landscaping and whether you intend to live in it part time or rent it out. You can also get the best "landscaping design ideas" (which is also known as "amnagement paysager ides de conception" in the French language) through various online sources.
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The Clean Slate (needs a complete landscape)
These types of properties are homes that may have never been landscaped except for a few trees and shrubs and gravel cover.
To some degree, these properties are like a clean slate because there isn't much that you need to rip out and redo the way you want it or too correct mistakes in terms of taste or poor quality work. These properties include foreclosures, rentals and older properties.
The Remodel (needs repairs and a makeover)
Your new home may be equipped with an existing driveway, brick patios, block walls, a barbeque island and would appear that it was installed as a complete landscape project at one point. It may have been installed by professional landscapers, or some of the improvements could have been homeowner built.