Attention to these landscape details can help your home stand out and attract buyers, especially during peak selling seasons

Whether meeting someone for the first time or interviewing for a job, a poor first impression has a huge and lasting effect. Selling your home is no different. On the other hand, a high-quality, well-manicured landscape can add up to 15% to your home value. 

Your home’s curb appeal can be the difference between standing out, enticing home buyers, and selling quickly—or getting lost in the masses of the real estate market. In addition, it has a positive impact on the perception of your home’s interior.

Based on serving thousands of homes since 1979, and as the traditionally strong spring real estate market is in high gear, McAdam Landscaping of Forest Park is pleased to provide this exterior home checklist to help those who are preparing their homes to sell:

What color is my lawn? 

If it is not lush, dense and green, investing in a fertilization and maintenance program is your best solution.  For those looking to do this on your own, applying fertilizer at specified rates and watering regularly will go a long way toward creating and maintaining a healthy lawn.

Are my mowing lines straight? 

Like wearing an untucked shirt to an interview, wobbly and wavy mowing lines result in an undesirable appearance.  Taking your time to ensure your mowing lines are straight will pay off by appealing more to home buyers.

Are my planting beds edged?

A simple, yet impactful practice, keeping a crisp edge between your turf and planting beds, as well as along driveways and sidewalks, speaks volumes. If you focus on the small details outside, buyers will get the message that you use the same level of care inside your home. 

Does my landscape complement my home’s style?

Landscaping is not just placing plants in the ground and calling it a day. It’s important to have a design with plantings that complements not only the home’s exterior, but your lifestyle.

What about seasonal color?

Seasonal flowers are a cost-effective solution offering vibrant pockets of color that will bring your landscape alive.

Should I mulch my beds?

A fresh layer of mulch has many benefits. It decreases weed populations, helps maintain soil moisture for healthy plantings, and provides a manicured appearance. 

Do container plantings make that much of a difference?

Well-designed and well-staged containers have a significant impact on a home buyer’s perception. Lush, colorful containers near your front entry or on your patio enhance the buyer’s experience and helps connect them emotionally to your home. 

Brothers Scott and Rob McAdam launched McAdam Landscaping in 1979. A full generation later, the McAdams remain passionate about learning and leading by example.

McAdam Landscaping is located at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park. Phone: 708-771-2299.

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 708-771-4903. 

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