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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Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup Newton, Ma Cullins Service

Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup Newton, Ma Cullins Service

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal Before the Removal

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Before the Removal

Cullins Service Leaf removal Service Fall Cleanup

Cullins Service Leaf Removal service is ideal for everyone. We can beat anyone’s leaf removal pricing. The process to get your fall cleanup and leaf removal service is simple. Just call or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and get a free estimate for your fall clean up leaf removal. Then we will schedule a time to remove your leaves. Some clients like to have multiple leaf removal visits and some like to have one leaf removal visit. That is entirely up to you. No leaf removal fall cleanup is too big or too small. Cullins Service has the right leaf removal equipment to get the fall cleanup done quickly and thoroughly. Most times by the time you get home from work your yard will be completely cleared from the fall leaves.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Using the Leaf Plow

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Using the Leaf Plow

Cullins Service is always looking to get the job done more effectively and efficiently without jeopardizing the quality of the work. That and we like to play w/ heavy equipment, but what guy doesn’t. So we got a leaf plow and mounted it to our Husquvarna Zero Turn. We also turned our van into a leaf catcher and attached a Scag Giant-vac to our trailer. The van leaf catcher works great except the unloading of all the chopped up leaves that were blown into the van going like 800 miles an hour. You can see that in the video. The Leaf Removal setup is fairly unique, but effective. We effectively cut our Leaf Removal jobs by more than 1/2.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Getting it on w/ the Scag Giant-Vac

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Getting it on w/ the Scag Giant-Vac

This year we acquired a Ford F350 Super Duty. We then ripped off the bed and installed an EZ-Dumper. Now I’m going turn that into a leaf catcher which will make things a lot easier on the dumping part. I’m going to document that process and share w/ everyone as well. I tried looking everywhere for ideas and help making a leaf catcher on the back f a truck. I didn’t have much luck so I am going to design it myself and share w/ others. Seeing we started by using tarps w/ a couple blowers and the van I’d say we come a long way. As hard and time consuming as it was using the tarps I’m glad we did it. It makes us appreciate what we have now.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal after the fall cleanup

Cullins Service Leaf Removal after the fall cleanup

So we hope you enjoyed this blog and the video if you watched it. If you are in the newton area and need a leaf removal service give us a call and we would be more than happy to come remove you leaves. Call us @ 1-(617)-446-1382.

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Before

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service for one of our Needham properties. Cullins Service provided our full Leaf Removal Service for this great property. We brought out our 2 Echo PB-250 Blowers, JRCO Leaf Plow mounted to Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn and our new Scag TLS20W-29BV Giant Vac. Obviously we started blowing in the back. In most cases trying to move large piles of leaves can be difficult and time consuming so we brought our JRCO Leaf Plow mounted to Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn. It plows massive piles of leaves anywhere real quick. This property had plenty of leaves to plow. The plow moves most of the leaves, but leaves a few behind. Not really a problem. The blowers make short work of that. When all the leaves are brought to the front either by leaf plow or blowing it’s

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Blowing leaves in the back yard

time to vac them up. When we started out we used to use tarps. We filled them and stuffed them into the van. This year we came packing the big guns in the form of a 29hp Scag Giant Vac. We converted the back of the van into a leaf hopper (a gallery of that process will be available soon), and mounted the Scag Giant Vac onto our trailer. It’s a great setup because we can still fit plenty of equipment on the trailer. We saved a great deal of time using the Scag Leaf Vac. It sucked the leaves right up.

After Cullins Service finished our Leaf Removal Service there were also some flower beds to clean out. We removed the dead vegetation to make it look better and make room for new growth next year. We also mowed the grass which needed to be done and helps pick up any leaves left over from

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service After

the leaf removal process. Finally Cullins Service finished off by edging the walkway and sidewalk to give the property a nice fresh finish.

Cullins Service takes pride in our work and making our customers happy is top priority. Enjoy the gallery and video.

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Cullins Service Landscape Design Weeding Patio and Filling w/ Stone Dust Needham

Cullins Service Landscape Design Weeding Patio Stone Dust Needham

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Cullins Service Landscape Design Weeding Patio and Filling w/ Stone Dust Needham

Cullins Service Landscape Design Weeding Patio and Filling w/ Stone Dust Needham

Cullins Service Landscape Design Weeding Patio and Filling w/ Stone Dust Needham property.

This is a great way to bring your stone or brick patio back to beautiful. We took our Echo GT-225 Trimmer and Echo PAS-266 w/ trimmer attachment to wack the weeds protruding from the bricks. Then Cullins Service Landscapers turned our trimmers sideways to clear in between the bricks. This process takes a while, but in my opinion it does the job faster than other methods. It also looks great after and goes deep enough to dig up the weeds root system. It also creates a gully for the stone dust to fit in. After we cleared the weeds we blew the debris of w/ our Echo PB-250 Blower. Finally we dumped the stone dust down and pushed it around w/ a wide broom until all the cracks were filled. After the stone dust is put down the bricks look dusty, but that will go away w/ the first rainfall or you could lightly spray the patio w/ a hose. I think this project came out great. What do you think?

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Cullins Service Landscape Weeding, Clearing, Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 2

Cullins Service Landscape Weeding, Clearing, Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 2

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Cullins Service Landscape Weeding, Clearing, Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 2

Cullins Service Landscape Weeding, Clearing, Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 2

This is part 2 of our edging and mulching job at our massive Wellesley property. We already trimmed and shaped the bushes on this area now we were ready to clean out leaves, dead plants and other brush. Cullins Service also cleared overgrowth and dirt from the stone steps on the hill. We had to be careful not to disturb and cover the ground cover and large stones. After the edging and putting down the black mulch it made the hill look great.

We also had an overgrown island that came out beautiful. The island really didn’t have any defined lines. So when we edged Cullins Service landscapers were able to give the flower bed island a unique shape. After we weeded cleared it out and edged it it was starting to shape up

Cullins Service Landscape Weeding, Clearing, Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 2

Cullins Service Landscape Weeding, Clearing, Edging and Mulching Wellesley Property pt 2

nicely. This is the kind of landscaping I like to do. Basically taking something like this and making it look great. After we put down the mulch Cullins service placed rocks randomly throughout the bed. The light colored rocks really popped against the dark mulch. That and the green hostas the island bed looked awesome.

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Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain

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Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service acquired this property this year and it has become a regular. We had already done an initial cleanup now we are doing routine maintenance. This time though we have some tree work to do.

First Cullins Service weeded out the front flower bed. We also removed some old bushes, and trimmed dead parts off a few bushes to clean them up. In the back yard he had a tree with a broken branch and some other branches that were to heavy. They were leaning down so much they were touching the grass. So to start we cut the broken branch off. We then strategically cut branches off the low hanging branches to lessen the weight and raise the branches up. We wanted the cuts to be effective without making the tree look like it was just chopped up it has to look natural. We cut a few more low hanging branches in the backyard the cut the grass real nice with our Turf Beast 54 in. 22 HP Subaru Commercial

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Duty, Dual Hydro Walk Behind Finish Cut Turf Mower w/ floating deck.
Finally we trimmed some more low hanging branches that were hanging over the sidewalk. Cullins Service then cleaned all debri, grass, leaves, weeds and branches. Another job we can be proud of.

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Cullins Service Landscape Trimming, Cutting and Shaping Bushes Wellesley Property

Cullins Service Landscape Trimming, Cutting and Shaping Bushes Wellesley Property

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Cullins Service Landscape Trimming, Cutting and Shaping Bushes Wellesley Property

Cullins Service Landscape Trimming, Cutting and Shaping Bushes Wellesley Property

  We have done and are doing a lot to this awesome Wellesley Property. This time Cullins Service is Trimming and shaping up some bushes. A rather large bush in the front and some bushes on a inclined island right in front of the house. I like doing bush trims and shaping because it immediately makes the property look much better. Cullins Service used our EchoHC-152 21.2cc Hedge Trimmer with 20″ Blades. I like using this trimmer because it’s lite I have greater control over it and get right in there to trim and shape up some bushes. We also used our Echo Pro Attachment Series w/ Articulating Hedge Trimmer Attachment for the high hard to reach areas. The job goes a lot easier when you have the proper tools to do the job right.

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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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Initial Cleanup, Weeding, Branches, leaves, small tree, bush and debris removal, Bush Trim and Shaping, Tree Trimming / Pruning Brookline Property

Initial Cleanup, Weeding, Branches, leaves, small tree, bush and debris removal, Bush Trim and Shaping, Tree Trimming – Pruning Brookline Property

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Initial Cleanup, Weeding, Branches, leaves, small tree, bush and debris removal, Bush Trim and Shaping, Tree Trimming / Pruning Brookline Property

Initial Cleanup, Weeding, Branches, leaves, small tree, bush and debris removal, Bush Trim and Shaping, Tree Trimming / Pruning Brookline Property

This property belonged to a very nice lady. She had called Cullins Service in search of Landscapers to get her property back in shape , and was very happy w/ the results Cullins Service provided her. She is now a permanent customer. She has also referred us to others.

Cullins Service removed leaves, weeds and other debri from the yard.  The tree out front had a branch broken from a storm so we removed that. The customers Dogwood trees also needed some love. We cut some lower branched that were just out of place. There were some dead branches that needed pruning, and some branches that were not growing in the  right direction. Finally we cut some of the low hanging branches to as they say “lifting the shirt” of the tree. You don’t have to cut the whole branch off. Just cut a few of of the branch ends off. It will lessen the weight at the end and lift the whole branch up. You don’t want the tree to look pruned. Make it look natural.

The biggest difference was made w/ the bushes. Cullins Service used our Echo HC-152 – Hedge Trimmer with 20″ Blades to trim and shape them up. We shaped up the bushes real nice. It made a big difference. We pruned the back of the massive Rhododendron’s away from the house. Always keep a few feet from trees, bushes and other shrubs from your house. It’s a great way for insects and rodent to get into your home. We also cut way back some bushes on the side of her house.

As you can see by the pics this property looks much better thanks to Cullins Service landscaping.

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Cullins Service Landscape Design Pea stone Slate Rock Path Needham Property

Cullins Service Landscape Design Pea stone Slate Rock Path Needham Property

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Cullins Service Landscape Design Pea stone Slate Rock Path Needham Property

Cullins Service Landscape Design Pea stone Slate Rock Path Needham Property

This was an especially rewarding Landscape Design. Cullins Service Landscapers took an old slate stone path were the slate stones were 75 – 90% covered in grass, and created a stunning pea stone / slate stone path.

We started by digging up the slate stone. Then cut in lines parallel to each other 20 inches apart. Then we removed the turf, soil and roots. After cleaning up the edges making a nice sharp wall on either side we put down filter cloth to prevent any weeds to come up through the pea stone. After filling the path in some Cullins Service cut the filter cloth so it could not be seen, but covered the bottom and sides. We then shimmied the original slate stones into the pea stones and filled the path all the way up w/ the pea stones.

After the Landscape design project was completes we tied up the customers bushes so there would be a clear path all the way to the back. Not only were Cullins Service happy w/ the finished project our customer loved it, and that makes it all worth it.

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