Your garden really is an extension of your home, and a well-tended and attractive space can really make a good impression on potential buyers. Nicky Roeber, is Online Horticultural Specialist at Wyevale Garden Centres, and here he shares some valuable advice about preparing your garden for viewings of your home. There is also the opportunity to win a £50 voucher to spend in any Wyevale Garden Centre at the end of the article.
A lovely garden can help increase the kerb appeal of your property. With this in mind, when it comes to selling your home, there is no surprise that potential buyers will be as interested in your garden as they are the interior of the house. By undertaking just a few simple tasks and alterations, you can get your garden in top shape and ready to impress any visitors. So what are these changes? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most effective.
The first port of call for getting your garden in order should be to spruce up what you already have. Potential buyers really want to see your garden’s full potential, so that means removing any loose leaves or clutter that may have become trapped in the corners or alcoves. There is a good chance that your garden is already pretty clear, but taking the time to clean up thoroughly will ensure that its natural beauty is there for all to see.
If you have any large objects, such as unused furniture or lawnmowers, occupying space, you should tidy them away as they can make your garden appear smaller than it is. Potential buyers are more likely to be impressed with a more open feel as it can make a property seem more valuable.
If you haven’t given your fence or garden shed a new coat of paint in a while, now is the perfect opportunity. This will ensure they look new and fresh. If you have paving stones or a stone patio, consider giving them a quick hose down with a pressure washer to get rid of any moss or dirt that may have accumulated. If you don’t have access to one of these devices, consider renting one from a tool hire firm. With small touches like this, your garden will look its absolute best and is bound to make a positive impression on potential buyers.
Freshly mown lawns and neat trimmed hedges make an instant impact, so take the time to keep yours looking good. Get rid of any lurking weeds as well. If your garden looks cared for, potential buyers will be reassured that it’ll be easy to maintain.
Almost nobody can resist a garden with blooming flowers in it, so make adding a few a priority if you do not already have some. If you are not really green-fingered, there are many easy-care plants that you can choose, such as Black-eyed Susan, Joe Pye weed and many more. You can even purchase ready-made window baskets, pots, and hanging baskets to make your garden look as attractive to potential buyers as possible.
It is a good idea to keep on top of your garden maintenance once you have spruced it up. If you regularly make sure that any loose debris is picked up and that all of your plants are healthy and watered, it will avoid much fuss before the visit of a prospective buyer, and less stress for you in the long run.
You can get a head start on improving your garden by entering our competition, where you can win a £50 voucher to spend in Wyevale Garden Centre, which can be found up and down the UK. They have a wide selection of seeds, plants and flowers, garden furniture, and much more that you can use to begin improving your garden. To win this great prize, all you need to do is complete our short survey using the link below.
Closing date: 9th September 2016.
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