When it comes to selling your property it can be all too easy to focus on giving the inside a facelift whilst ignoring that jungle of a garden lurking at the rear! The majority of buyers won’t be expecting a stunning landscaped paradise but they will want to see a presentable, useable outside space. Potential buyers need to be able to visualise themselves living in your property and that includes outside space, so follow our top tips to make sure your garden doesn’t let down your property as a whole.
Maintenance is key so cut the grass regularly to keep things neat and tidy and ensure pathways are swept and clear of any rubbish. Depending on size and variety hedges can be difficult to maintain but a well trimmed hedge will set of the garden parameters so it is well worth the effort. The same goes for fencing, if a panel has blown down in the wind or been damaged now is the time to fix it, a fresh lick of wood stain is a cost effective and simple way to spruce up your garden. Generally having a tidy up won’t take long at all but getting rid of those rubbish sacks next to the shed and dandelions in the gravel will have a positive effect on the way your garden is perceived.
Ponds can be highly attractive when well maintained so get a net and rid yours of debris to make sure yours looks its absolute best for viewings. It takes just a few minutes to remove fallen leaves or grass cuttings but doing it regularly will help improve the colour of the water. Why not add a few water lilies for sophisticated interest?
Plants quickly add colour and interest to even the smallest of outside spaces which is fantastic but they are often expensive and moving can seem like a bad time to invest in perennials! So why not plant them up in a few attractive containers, they will look great during your viewings and are easy to move once you sell! A word of caution though; don’t over do it a patio crowded with lots of plant pots can look messy and cluttered.
Drives are outside space so if the approach to your front door is a weed strewn slab of tarmac that was once a front lawn consider giving it a re-vamp. You may not have the budget or inclination to deal with major work but a good weed killer and jet wash session really can work wonders. After all you want the first impression of your house to be a positive one so don’t be tempted to focus all your energy on the back garden.
Children’s toys may be an important part of your lifestyle but that jumbo sized trampoline or swing set could be detracting from the size of your garden; consider storing them elsewhere during the sales period if possible.
Sheds and outbuildings can often become dumping grounds so take this opportunity to have a good clear out. Maybe a trip to the local dump might be in order to get rid of those half empty paint tins and the old lawn mower that hasn’t worked for a decade! As with your fence why not give your garden shed a new coat of paint or wood stain.
Garden furniture should be looking its best so give everything a good wash down and dress your garden as you would do your home. Potential buyers often see garden space as a continuation of living space especially if there are doors that open our directly to a patio; so if you are hosting viewings in the summer dress your table attractively and let your viewers imagine themselves hosting their first BBQ!
After all the hard work you have done getting your garden ready for viewings make sure potential buyers can see your lovely garden from the inside of your property, draw the blinds or curtains and clean the windows inside and out; that way even if the weather doesn’t encourage potential buyers to venture outside they can’t miss your newly re-vamped garden!