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McAdam Landscaping Offers Fall Tips to Prep for Spring
Upgrading exterior now helps sell as 2016 rolls around


If you want to sell your home in the spring, then the time to begin preparing for the sale isn't February.


The time is now and it's helpful to view it as an outside-in job. Without the necessary landscape design work on the outside, you are hindering your ability to entice prospective buyers inside.


When the going gets tough for homeowners looking to sell their properties, the savvy ones get landscaping.


This is equally true with commercial properties, as "curb appeal," or how a property appears from the street, is one of the most significant factors in marketing a home, says Scott McAdam, president of McAdam Landscaping, a local landscape design/build firm based in Forest Park.


Rich Gloor, president of Better Homes and Gardens Gloor Realty, confirms the many instances when otherwise-motivated prospects decide not to venture inside a home or commercial building based on a negative first impression of the exterior.


"It can be the difference between closing a sale and just another day on the market," says Gloor.


One tip that McAdam gives is to plant bulbs now because it will result in "instant color" in the spring. The fall is also a good time to plant both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.


For patios, walks or retaining walls, fall and early winter is the perfect time for hardscape installation. The work can be done before the ground freezes solid for the winter, so your landscape is ready for next year.


"If you're looking to place your house on the market in the spring, then you want things blooming by April. It sends a strong message to potential buyers that the property is well cared for," McAdam says. "That means establishing your landscaping months in advance."


Landscaping represents a long-term investment, too: as plantings mature, the landscaping increases in value, McAdam points out.


Meanwhile, those who wait until the spring to install sod will have a period, typically about three weeks, when their exterior will not be in top form.


Regardless of when someone performs the work, "the key is to have the right plants and to implement the proper design so that you create something intriguing, colorful—simply attractive," says McAdam, a registered landscape architect.


"If a potential buyer comes in and sees it's not done right, it can kill the deal," he said. "The discerning buyer will sense that they've got a project on their hands."


McAdam Landscaping's 4-acre headquarters is located at 2001 Des Plaines Ave., and includes a Nursery & Garden Center that is open through the end of October.


For the remainder of 2011, McAdam is offering special pricing for those looking to have landscape design/installation work performed on their homes before year's end.


For more information about McAdam Landscaping and its special year-end pricing, call 708-771-2299. Online: and



Since starting their business in 1979, brothers Scott and Rob McAdam have built a firm that thrives as one of the region's most respected names in landscaping.


McAdam has more than 20 year-round staff members, and a workforce that climbs to 90 in the summer, including the retail side of the 8,000-square-foot Nursery & Garden Center.


The company's success derives from these five pillars:


Service: At the heart of our long-term success has been the ability to develop relationships of mutual trust and respect. Providing stellar service has been an indispensable part of that process.


Professionalism: We are on national and regional boards for industry groups dedicated to continuing education and awareness about innovations and best practices.


Environment: Within our industry and within the communities where we serve, we have been at the forefront of being responsible stewards of our natural resources.


Loyalty: We still have clients from our first year in business, and much of our business comes from recommendations of those whom we have served for years.


Community: We are committed to giving back, hosting village-wide business functions at our Forest Park headquarters and donating thousands of dollars every year to worthy causes close to home.


We invite you to learn more about us at and on our Facebook page,

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