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How to prepare your garden for selling your property

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Mika, Staff Writer

Monday, 25 January 2021

A well-kept garden could significantly boost the value of your property, so it’s worth spending a bit of time and money on perfecting your outdoor space before putting your house on the market. If you’re not a keen gardener, you can hire a local gardener to help you out.

Whether you decide to simply tidy up your garden or give it a complete overhaul, you can give your potential buyers a reason to choose your home over the competition.

Here are our top tips for preparing your garden to sell your home.

Tidy up your garden

You don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to improve the aesthetics of your garden. There are some simple things that you can do to make your garden appeal to buyers.

Clean up your garden by picking up any litter and removing any dead plants. Remove weeds and tidy any leaves that might have fallen onto your garden.

Your outdoor area doesn’t need to be perfect but it should look presentable. First impressions really do count when it comes to selling your property so make it a priority to regularly clean up your garden whilst your house is on the market.

Look after your lawn

A luscious lawn is a huge selling point for any house. Not only is it more appealing to buyers but a well-kept lawn will also make your garden appear bigger.

In the warmer months, you should be cutting your grass around once a week. This will help your lawn to thicken and your grass to thrive. Mowing your lawn regularly and feeding it with a high-quality lawn feed will help to entice buyers.

Don’t forget your fence

Buyers with dogs or children will be looking to make sure that your garden is secure, so make sure your fence is in a good condition. If there’s any loose panels or broken pieces, repair your fence so that it’s secure.

It’s also a great idea to paint your fence. You can opt for a bright colour to give your garden a splash of vibrancy, or choose a more neutral tone for sophistication and class.

Add shrubs and plants to your garden

Plants and shrubs are a great way to add depth to your garden and appeal to your buyers. Fill any gaps in your borders with potted bulbs. You can buy these cheaply from most garden centres. Simply plunge them into the ground to add vibrancy and colour into your garden.

Shrubs and hedges are also a good way to hide anything that you don’t want a potential buyer to see, such as unattractive buildings. They’re also great for increasing the privacy of your garden.

Consider your garden furniture

Think about the furniture that you’ve got in your garden. Choosing and placing furniture well can demonstrate to your buyer how they could use their space. Try adding a bistro table and chairs to your patio and a bench at the bottom of the garden to catch the last minutes of sun.

It’s also a good idea to remove any large equipment such as swings or trampolines as a buyer may struggle to see past them. Removing large equipment from your garden can help the buyer to fully appreciate the space that is on offer.

To sum up

There are many things that you can do to prepare your garden for selling your property. It doesn’t need to be expensive – a few small tweaks can make all the difference. Hiring a local gardener is a great way to ensure that your lawn is up to scratch and your borders are presentable, helping you to secure the best possible price for your property. 

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