Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Your Landscaping

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Selling Your Home? Here's Why You Shouldn't Neglect Your Landscaping

Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Your Landscaping

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Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Your Landscaping

Guest Blogger on Cullins Service Kris Lindahl from The Kris Lindahl Team REMAX

Getting your home up to impeccable condition so that it not only sells quickly but nets you the highest price means that you’ll undertake a whirlwind of activity. If you’re like most people who are eager to sell their homes, this activity tends to be focused on the interior of your home. After all, you want interested home buyers to see the possibilities of your home from the minute they walk through your front door.

First Impressions Are Made Instantly

What you might not realize though, is that by the time someone walks through that front door, they’ve already formed an opinion about your home. How is this possible? The presentation that your home makes on the outside does a great deal when it comes to fueling that opinion. Most people who are in the market for a home will be more excited to tour one that looking appealing as they drive up than one whose yard is in obvious need of work. The exception to this is if a potential home buyer is specifically seeking out a fixer upper. In that case, he or she might overlook a disheveled and neglected exterior appearance.

The Statistics Support Curb Appeal’s Benefits

According to a survey undertaken by the National Association of Realtors, 96 percent of real estate professionals recommend that sellers take steps to improve the curb appeal of their home before they list it for sale. This figure goes hand in hand with the 99 percent of those professionals who believe that curb appeal is vitally important to attracting a buyer. Upgrades such as in the lawn itself or with the softscape were among those the provided home sellers with nearly a 100 percent return on their investment, according to the same survey.

How Much Should You Invest in Curb Appeal?

There are no hard and fast rules regarding the amount of money that is suitable to invest in improving the curb appeal of your home. A good rule of thumb is to invest about 10 percent of the value of your home in its landscaping. It can be difficult to know what types of landscaping projects will net the best rate of return.

Turn to Landscaping Experts

One way to know that you’re investing in the right landscaping projects is to call in the experts. A local landscaping company knows what is popular in your area as well as those projects that are most appealing. For example, though you’d love to put in an elaborate rose garden, a potential homebuyer might find the thought of maintaining it overwhelming.

Another reason to call a professional landscaping company is because homeowners often find themselves so busy fixing up and maintaining the interior of their home to ensure that it’s show-ready, that they neglect the exterior. As noted above, doing so can result in your home staying on the market longer. You might also find that you have a difficult time getting as many offers for the price you want if your home lacks curb appeal.

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Cullins Service Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet

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Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet finished

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet finished

  Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service

Today Cullins Service is in Brookline, Ma. We have been working on this property for a little over a year, and have almost completely redone the whole property. The client is great and likes to work alongside us at times.

When we first came to this property the bushes were kinda out of control, but we have since tamed them down. These bushes seem to have rubbed our client the wrong way because every time we showed up for landscaping services she wanted them cut shorter until she decided to just remove them alltogether.

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service first visit

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service first visit

No problem Cullins Service can handle that. So with that we cut them down and removed the root system. Cant have roots were your going to plant.

First thing we had to do is match up the bushes to the rest of the hedge. We wanted a uniform look all the way around. We were lucky with these as they were a pretty common hedge,  a Nantucket Privet hedge.

Now we have to line up a straight line and space the bushes so they look good.  They will grow in and come together to form a hedge so you don’t want them to far apart. You also don’t want them too close because the roots need space to grow. About a foot and 1/2 to 2 feet is good. Make sure you plant them correctly and give them plenty of water so they can establish themselves. So far I have not lost any flowers or bushes that I have planted, and I’m not planning on loosing any.  We had organic loam, fertilizer, peat moss and much to properly plant these bushes.

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service planting the bushes

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service planting the bushes

With all the bushes in place in the ground we made a well around the roots to keep water in then we put more fertilizer down and covered all around the top w/ peat moss. Now to finish the project we covered the row of Nantucket privet bushes with about 3 inches of mulch. Not only is it decorative and make the property look nice. There are also a few practical reasons for this as well. The mulch will hold water better to keep the bushes roots wet of moist on hot days. Especially when they are first planted they need all the water they can get. Mulch also keeps away weeds, and breaks down into the soil to create a compost that turns into food for the bush.

Finally we installed drip irrigation around the bushes to keep them watered. So the client can just enjoy the new bushes and not have to worry about them drying out. We had fun on this job and we are and so is the client very pleased with the results.

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