Tidying up the interior of the property to make sure everything’s spic and span is always top of the agenda – after all, potential buyers want to have a guided tour of a house that could be a potential home and rooms that are attractive and inviting.
But when it comes to the garden and those exterior green patches, things often tend to get short shrift. However, the importance of a well-tended garden shouldn’t be taken lightly – first impressions count and the impact it can have on potential homebuyers can be the difference between them purchasing the property or scouting for the next For Sale sign.
The garden is, after all, a part of the house itself, so it’s common sense to give it as much attention as the spaces between the bricks and mortar.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to know your pansies from your perennials; just a gentle touch of TLC will go a long way.
Here then are a few prudent reminders of practical and painless ways to make your garden look great!
If you’ve got a decent sized garden, strategically placed garden furniture can enhance and bring out the best in it. Tables and chairs give the green space the feeling of almost another room and highlight what a garden in essence, is – an extension of the house itself.
Get Rid Of Any Rubbish
Nothing’s as unattractive or off-putting as walking in to a garden only to be greeted by a mountain of old bricks, empty paint pots, a rusty old microwave and defunct vacuum cleaner. Before you do anything else, give the garden a good spruce up by removing any unwanted and unsightly detritus. You might have been meaning to do it in the past, but now you’ve got no choice.
Weeds are altogether unpleasant and unwelcome garden incumbents – they’re unsightly, compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water, and spread at a frightening rate. You can pull them out yourself, or you can wipe them out with a whole slew of household items such as bleach, vinegar, salt, and even vodka.
OK, so you might not be a gardener in the Monty Don mould, but if you want to add a splash of colour and attractiveness to your garden, a trip to the local garden centre and investing in a few colourful (yet budget-friendly) potted plants will go a long way. Your prospective buyers probably won’t know the difference between a Narcissus Jetfire and a Purple Emporer (and no, I’m not making those up), but they will know what looks good and what doesn’t.
Mow the Lawn
Basic, I know, but you should never underestimate the importance of a well-mown green patch. Keeping the lawn trimmed and tidy is important as it will be one of the first things people see. And first impressions count.
So, being fastidious with your fauna, and particular with your pruning, is vital if you want to make the best overall impression if you’re house is on the market. And once the garden’s looking good and the property deal’s been done, life really will seem like a bed of roses.
Have you got any good suggestions for getting your garden up to scratch?
About the Author: Louise Blake is an avid gardener, with a keen eye for exterior landscaping. A new mum, she enjoys spending as much of her day outside as possible. Here she writes for Coblands, an online garden centre.
Talking to your local real estate agent can also certainly help. By way of first impressions, they may be able to make some good suggestions to you to get your garden sale ready.