Good Garden Advice for Selling your Home – part 6
The garden is a little unloved…!
If your garden is a little unloved you are not making the most of one of your properties biggest selling features, it won’t probably put people off buying the house, but it won’t help get you the best sale price either.
What message are you sending the prospective buyer?
This garden is so much work and effort to keep on top of…
Your garden isn’t a nice place to be – so there is no point in using it?
Are they worried there may be problems that are hidden by the mess?
Whatever it is, the garden will certainly not be helping the sale – so you have to get your hands dirty and start to sort things out….but where to start?
Top Tips to get your garden looking a little bit more loved
1: Paths and Patios
You don’t need to have a perfect patio or path, just a weed free one with neat edges. So you may need to use weedkiller (spray on a calm day to prevent partially killing your garden plants too) to clear the path weeds. Make sure the edges between borders or the lawn and your patio/path are neat. If they are not use an edging spade to neaten them up. Make sure as your buyers walk outside on the patio or down any path – they are not going to get swiped by overhanging branches or attacked by that long bramble shoot!
2: Flower Beds and Borders
They are probably rather weed infested, so you are going to have to do some clearing up. Try to remove roots as well as leaves as much as possible. To keep the ground weed free for as long as possible, add a mulch, this could be either bark chippings or a ground conditioner. Spread it really thickly over the weeded soil and around the base of your plants.
If you have some unruly plants that flop onto the path – don’t cut them back it is better to tie them up and put in plant supports. Not only will this keep the garden looking more green and abundant, you will avoid creating large bare patches or showing off stumpy plants.
3: Make a feature of something!
It sounds a little counterproductive, if you don’t think your garden is up to much, but a little effort in one area after you have tidied up can make a world of difference.
Looking at the images below, this garden isn’t totally unloved, but it doesn’t say garden lover either. Once you remove the unnecessary, you can see what you have, and the feature in this garden is the pergola, but at present it is dominated by the shed and the yew.
In the last image, the shed and pergola work together, the bright pink flowers are complimented and contrasted by the cream of the shed and the dark green of the yew. A few large plants have been added (which you could put in pots to take with you when you move) then enclose the area and says – look at this isn’t this bit lovely!
If you have prospective buyers due to arrive, make sure the front garden creates the best first impression. It’s usually the first thing they see when they arrive.
Maximise the value of our homes when selling – without having to spend a lot of money in the process.
We cannot escape the garden boundaries, however they highlight to the limits of the garden. In a small garden is there any way to minimise the negative impact of lots of fencing and showcase the garden more?
We can’t change the environment outside the garden, but we can lessen the negative impact on the garden. Here’s how
Don’t let the garden work against your sale. Buyers will spot all the tricky bits of the garden, so you need to have a plan to disguise the difficult bits better!
Very few of us live in splendid isolation, we all have neighbours. Now that is all well and good, but will the neighbours garden style help or hinder your sale!
If you would like some more design advice for your garden…