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 Curb Appeal bush remoal planting sod install

Landscape Curb Appeal Bush Removal Planting Mulch sod installation

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Landscape Curb Appeal Sod Bush Removal Planting Mulch finished

Landscape Curb Appeal Sod Bush Removal Planting Mulch finished

Landscape Curb Appeal Bush Removal Planting Mulch sod installation

Cullins Service Landscaping –

will give your home Curb Appeal. Just call us at 1-(617)-446-1382 or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and give you a free Landscape Curb Appeal estimate. Then we will schedule a time to give your property Curb Appeal that is most convenient for you.

This Client wanted to put his property on the market. But first they wanted to add some curb appeal. When trying to sell your property curb appeal is one of the most cost effective ways to add value to your property. The first thing prospective buyers see when arriving is the yard. Trimming bushes, removing bushes, planting bushes or flowers, edging, mulching adding sod for an immediate beautiful lawn are a few ways to make your property more appealing to a home buyer.

On this property we removed a couple out of control bushes and planted some beautiful Rhododendrons and

Getting ready to plant some shrubs

Getting ready to plant some shrubs

green wave yews. We used a Toro Dingo to remove the old bushes and an auger bit to dig the holes to plant the new shrubs. After the shrubs were properly in the ground. Yes there is a proper way way to plant shrubs. We edged the bed with our EZ-Trench Bededger then Mulched the beds.

Now it was time to prep the ground and lay down some sod. We had to remove all vegetation. Some use a vegetation killer, dig it up or till everything and rake it up. We decided using our Turfco Kiscutter sodder was the best and quickest way for us. We then got to try out our new

Husquvarna Tiller DRT 900 H tilling up some dirt

Husquvarna Tiller DRT 900 H tilling up some dirt

Husqvarna DRT900H tiller. We tilled the area and removed any leftover vegetation and rocks anything that would prevent the grass roots from thriving. Now it was time for the Ford to drop some organic loam compost mix. This will give the grass nutrients and good drainage. Not done prepping yet we graded out the area with our razor back rake grader. Finally before laying down anything we put down some fertilizer and adjusted the Ph. Now we wait for the sod delivery. You have to time everything because you want to lay the sod as soon as it arrives. When the sod arrived we immediately started meticulously laying and cutting. After that we set up a simple watering system and stood back to enjoy the

Cullins Service fresh sod install

Cullins Service fresh sod install

new lawn. Two weeks later we came back for a follow up and saw a beautiful lush green lawn and one happy client. Hope you enjoy our work.

 

 

 

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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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Spring Clean up, Edging and Mulching in Needham, Ma Cullins Service

Spring Clean up Edging and Mulching in Needham

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Spring Clean up, Edging and Mulching in Needham, Ma Cullins Service Front yard
Spring Clean up, Edging and Mulching in Needham, Ma Cullins Service Front yard
  Spring Clean up Edging and Mulching in Needham

This was a spring cleaning w/ edging and mulching from a great customer we did leaf removal for last fall. We removed leaves from a wooded area in the back and pine needles from all over the yard. Anyone who has tried to remove pine needles knows it’s not easy, but the results turned out great. That is what this job is all about. We cleaned out all the beds and under the bushes.

 

Spring Clean up Edging and Mulching in Needham front bushes

Spring Clean up Edging and Mulching in Needham front bushesgt

After the spring cleaning we edged the bush, border and flower beds. I like edging it really defines the beds, it looks great, holds the mulch in and prevents weeds from creeping into the beds. The black mulch looks great in contrast to the green bushes and bright colors of the flowering bushes on this property. Mulching always looks good and you can’t go wrong w/ black. Other colors of mulch are good, but you have to visualize the mulch colors and the surrounding colors. Anyway I was happy w/ the results of this landscaping adventure and so was the client. Cullins Service hopes you enjoy this gallery and the video. Click here to see the full gallery and check out some of our other content.

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Landscape Renovation Adding Curb Appeal Roslindale Cullins Service

Landscape Renovation Adding Curb Appeal Roslindale Cullins Service

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Cullins Service finished Curb Appeal

Cullins Service finished Curb Appeal

  Landscape Renovation Adding Curb Appeal Roslindale Cullins Service

This gentleman was a neighbor of the house next door. He needed a landscaper and we were in the right place at the right time. He wanted to sell his house and his realtor recommended some curb appeal. Look it up curb appeal helps to sell your house. If your home’s curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone — including potential home buyers will want to see what’s inside.

Cullins Service removes branches that were hitting the house

Cullins Service removes branches that were hitting the house

This client didn’t want to go crazy, but he wanted it to look good. We started trimming the trees away from his house. You always want to keep tree branches at least 12 – 19 inches away from your house. You could scratch and damage the house and insects and rodents can easily get into your house, just to name a few. We also removed some branches of the neighbors that was coming over into his yard. We also trimmed a tree to open up his driveway area. Finally we removed a dead pear tree that his grandfather had planted many years ago, and that was it for tree work. Of course we used the echo CS 330T and our new Stihl MS 193T.

Cullins Service Curb Appeal Flowers and mulch

Cullins Service Curb Appeal Flowers and mulch

We then removed all leaves, debris and bushes that were to be removed. We also trimmed up some bushes and tied some ups well. We weeded out the flower bed and god rid of all the clutter. I wanted the flowers and bushes to pop, not be lost in a mess. After the cleanup we started planting the flowers and bushes. We wanted to add color to the flower beds.

The realtor didn’t want anything done to the grass, so we could only mow it. Oher than 4that the house looks great and is now on the market.

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Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

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Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

Cullins Service went to Dorchester to seal a driveway and fill in some cracks. First we edged and gained a few inches on either side of the driveway. Then we removed all debris, sand, dirt, mulch, rock dust and anything else that was on the driveway. Cullins Service Landscapers cleared all sides to define clear edges.

Then one of us took a brush and sealed all around and up the driveway on all edges. Then we spread the sealant all around all way up the driveway.

Cullins Service came back to make sure the job was done right. We had a few touch ups. The driveway as you can see looked great a big improvement. We filled all the cracks and sealed over them. In new England if you have cracks in your driveway or streets the water will get into them then freeze in the winter. Causing even bigger cracks. Now this customer will not have to worry about that.

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Cullins Service Landscape Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 1

Cullins Service Landscape Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 1

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Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property Cullins Service Landscaping

Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property Cullins Service Landscaping

This is the first part of our mulching and edging job for Cullins Service Landscape Wellesly property. Our customer was very pleased w/ it and we will be edging and mulching the rest of the property. This property is already beautiful and the defined edges and black mulch along w/ the weeding of these beds just make them pop nicely. Enjoy the before and after pics and I’ll post the rest of the edging and mulching pics when Cullins Service has finished.

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Cullins Service Landscape Edging, Mulching and Bush Trim and Shaping Needham Property

Cullins Service Landscape Edging, Mulching and Bush Trim and Shaping Needham Property

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Cullins Service Landscape Edging, Mulching and Bush Trim and Shaping Needham

Cullins Service Landscape Edging, Mulching and Bush Trim and Shaping Needham Property

This was a beautiful property in Needham that needed just a little work. Cullins Service trimmed and shaped the bushes and edged the front and sides in the back. We put down black mulch in the edged beds. Then we cleaned out some flower beds and put down mulch in them as well. Cullins Service finished it off by removing some built up dirt from some of the brick walk way on the side. When it was finished the property looked great. It’s always the little things.

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