Good Garden Advice for Selling your Home – part 7

Good Garden Advice for Selling your Home - part 7

Good Garden Advice for Selling your Home – part 7

The garden is a really awkward shape


Many gardens have ‘dead space’ areas that are awkward shapes and they usually end up as dumping grounds for all your garden stuff or your garden is a really difficult shape to have a garden at all – so how can the garden help in selling your home?


Selling is about emphasising the good whilst making sure the not so good is less noticeable.

How to make the most of your garden 

1: Turn negative into positive

hiding bins behind trellis
There a 3 wheelie bins here – but do you really notice them?

This means, if you have a dud area, rather than try to hide it, put something there that is good to look at, then the buyers will notice that and not what it’s hiding. A classic example is with the bins. We all have them, and we all try to stuff them into a corner where we hope noone will notice…but they do. So a very simple solution is a free standing trellis, a couple of posts, a trellis panel and some annual climbers will create something pretty to look at.



2: You ‘control’ what the buyer sees

ten pin bowling in yellows
This has visual impact

It’s a simple principle, you place something really noticeable in front of the area you don’t want them to notice. So put some chairs and a table out with the parasol up, put a tablecloth on the table. Add a colourful plant pot on their too.  Or you make a feature of the best area of the garden so the rest is not so noticeable, i.e clump all your pots together to create a real impact – have some tall planting or raise pots off the ground. Visually it becomes a large feature in the garden and the bit buyers are most likely to remember.


3: Stop them seeing all the garden at once

Human eyes follow lines, in an odd shaped garden this means the eye follow the lines and notices all the odd shaped bits easily. So if we break up the lines and create new shapes your buyers eyes follow the lines of the nice shapes you create.

narrow garden line drawingThis is a really long and narrow garden, you view a long straight road with a shed at the end and nothing stops it in between.

First we make the eye move left and right by creating a couple of beds on either side.

narrow garden - ready for planting
A couple of curved beds make a big difference

Then we stop the eye getting to the end of the garden by the use of trellis. Before a buyer comes to visit, you mow the lawn following the contours of the new curve, the curvy stripes all help to make eyes wander left and right this will make the garden feel wider than it is.


narrow garden - feather planting
Light airy planting and tall trellis stops the view all the way to the end.

Part 2 – Disguising the boundaries makes a garden feel bigger

Part 3 – Boring Garden? Cheap ideas to make the garden more interesting

Part 4 – Privacy; how to make the garden feel more private

Part 5 – Improving a boring garden view

Part 6 – What to do if the garden isn’t very neat!

Part 7 – Awkward or odd shaped gardens

Part 8 – Dealing with noise pollution

Read also: 

You’ve some prospective buyers arriving soon:

If you have prospective buyers due to arrive, make sure the front garden create the best first impression – after all it’s usually the first thing they see when they arrive.

What to do if your garden is not quite up to scratch:

We all want to maximise the value of our homes when selling – without having to spend a lot of money in the process.

Oh, there is no view – sorry!

Buyers will always look out of the window to see ‘the view’ – but if your view is not the most appealing, what can you do? 

Yep – that’s exactly how big the garden is!

We cannot escape the garden boundaries, however they highlight to the limits of the space people are looking to move into. So if you have a small garden and your are surrounded by fences, is there any way to minimise the negative impact of lots of fencing and enhance your garden more?

I’m not the world’s keenest gardener!

Your garden can be one of your best sales assets, although an unloved garden is unlikely to put off an interested buyer, it is not going to encourage them to bid up the price either!

Also what can you do if the garden is not the house’s best asset!

We can’t change the environment outside the garden, but we can lessen the negative impact on the garden. Here’s how

Well, the neighbours are really quite lovely…(most of the time)

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!


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