Good Garden Advice for Selling your Home – part 8
My garden isn’t peaceful or quiet
It would be lovely for buyers to step out into your garden and only hear the birds singing away in the trees, lucky for some eh? So if your garden is not the peaceful tranquil oasis you would like, what can you do to minimise the impact of traffic noise or at least stop prospective buyers noticing it too much?
How to reduce the impact of noise around your garden
1: Try to avoid booking viewings at the noisiest times
Ok, it’s not really a garden tip, but it’s a pretty obvious and easy solution – so instruct the Agent to avoid certain times of the day for showing buyers around.
2: Visually hide what’s causing the most noise
If we can see what’s making the noise as well as hear it, we will pay more attention to the noise. Tall planting will be required to block out this view, rather than going out and spending lots of money on large plants or new fencing, see if any tall plants can be moved from elsewhere in the garden. Plant noisy plants i.e ones that rustle in the wind, not only will this distract you from the noise, foliage disrupts the sound waves thus helping to muffle the volume a little.
3: Humans have 5 senses – use all of them
This is all a distraction technique, the external noise will hit the ears of your buyers – so we need to hit them with sensory input from all other 4 senses equally hard, so any noise is not so prominent.
The two senses to concentrate on are sight and smell. Create a real visual impact as they step into the garden, (it doesn’t have to mean the whole garden – just the first area the buyers will see). Use height, movement (grasses are cheap and very useful plants for noisy ‘swishing’ sounds) and colours to capture their interest. Just a note, use 2-3 colours it will have more impact than including every possible colour.
Secondly SCENT – pack the area full of lovely smells. Then add plants that people will love to touch, you can also add some nice noise – be careful it’s not irritating, some windchimes are awful but some are more relaxing. You could be more inventive …and have some bird song music playing! Lastly, taste, how about a couple of pots packed with strawberry plants within easy picking distance…?
You are in the process of SELLING the house don’t forget and the message you want them to remember is how lovely the garden is, not how noisy.
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.
We all want to 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 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?
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!
Don’t let the garden work against your sale. Buyers will spot all the tricky bits of the garden before they see the nice bits…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…