Are you easily swayed by a beautiful garden when you’re viewing a property? You’re not alone. According to Rightmove, a whopping 87.5% of buyers believe that a garden can add up to £15,000 to the value of a property. Before you rush to call in the gardener with an SOS, we’ve got some quick tips to help you prepare your garden without becoming a botanist.
Nothing says messy like overgrown plants that are tangled with old and new growth. Clip back leaves and remove broken branches and stems so your plants and trees look neater. The icing on the cake is that they’ll be healthier as a result! This article by Fine Gardening gives you a useful intro to get you started with pruning.
2. Get rid of weeds
Removing weeds is crucial. Weeds can be dangerous for plants, as they grow quickly and if not kept under control can take over your garden and kill off other plants. The trick is being able to spot a weed, as some disguise themselves as pretty plants. Use this weed guide to see if a weed is actually masquerading as a beautiful flowering bud.
3. Mow the lawn
It’s time to get the mower out and tidy your lawn. Wait for a dry day, then go for it! Make sure you dispose of the debris, as rogue grass lying around your lawn, or tossed into a pile will defeat the object! P.s. Nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass.
4. Hanging baskets
Blank garden walls can be ‘prettied up’ with some easy-to-hang baskets. Choose brightly coloured flowers that are going to stand out, even when looking out from the inside. If you’re not into DIY, why not choose freestanding hanging baskets that help to minimise hassle.
5. Light it up
You want your viewers to picture themselves in your home. Garden lights will create an atmosphere even if the viewing is in daylight. If a buyer can imagine themselves sitting in a gorgeously-lit garden in the evening, you’ll be halfway to a sale already.
6. Spruce up garages and sheds
A garage with peeling paint or a rickety old shed that looks like something from Cabin in the Woods isn’t going to be doing you any favours. Fix bits that are hanging off and give a lick of paint where needed. You’ll be surprised what an improvement it will make.
7. Dress up the furniture
If you have garden furniture that has seen better days, why not give it a little makeover? Buy colourful cushions for garden chairs and a patterned tablecloth for the outside dining area. No one wants to picture themselves trying to relax on a cold, hard chair on a summer’s evening.
8. Clear away garden toys
If you have little ones it’s time to clear the garden toys away. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all evidence, but it’s worth keeping clutter to a minimum and making sure the garden is tidy.
9. Jet wash away
Jet wash any paving and steps to make them look as good as new. If you have decking, remember that it can become very slippery, so make sure it’s dry by the time viewers arrive and be sure to warn viewers if the decking is slippery.
10. Don’t forget the front garden!
Don’t neglect the front garden. You should never underestimate the power of kerb appeal and all of the above applies to your front garden too. Check out your house number: is it rusty? Give it a polish. Make sure bins are stored neatly and not full with rubbish. You only get one chance to make a first impression and the garden can make or break a viewer’s decision to buy or not.
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