How your garden helps sell your home – Speedy Spruce Up!


How your garden helps to sell your home


Look out of the window to your garden, shut your eyes, then open them again…what is the first thing to catch your eye..


If it’s something really pretty, eyecatching or interesting that’s great… but what if it’s not? 

What will your prospective buyers see?


Getting your garden to work for you isn’t tricky AND you don’t need to spend lots of money either. So what to do if you haven’t much time before someone comes to view your home?

TOP TIPS for a Speedy Spruce Up!


The Lawn: 

Mow the lawn every week without fail – BUT DON’T CUT IT TOO SHORT. It will keep the grass looking it’s best. If you haven’t time for a mow, trim the lawn edges quickly, it really smartens things up. Lastly make sure the edge between path/patio and lawn is really neat.



front garden - bedding can look nice
The planting may not be everyone’s cup of tea – but it creates a good first impression

Sweep the Paths and Patio:

You hoover the house….well same principle outside!




Tidy up:

Put garden toys away in a shed, bring the washing in, put bins out of sight if poss. If there are old pots or pots with dead plants – get rid of them, having nothing is better than looking at dead plants or empty pots!



Use plant supports to keep edges neat

Stop the Flop!:

If you have plants that flop over a path or plants that get in the way, tie them back (don’t chop them down – unless it’s absolutely necessary). Plants that flop or are too overgrown will make your garden look smaller than it really is – which won’t help the sale!



Put the patio table and chairs out: 

Very welcoming isn’t it?

This gives more of an impression the garden is nice to sit in, make sure the furniture is clean and not tatty looking. Put a pot plant of happy flowers on the table (something like geraniums for example). You are saying to buyers this is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the outside!




Create a focal point: 

Happy flowers raised up are more eye catching

This doesn’t mean spending lots of money, but may involve a little moving stuff around.  If you have plants in pots, Group them together, site it so that it can be seen from the back window. Try if possible to have height variation, so use short medium and tall plants. If the plants aren’t tall, stand them on another upturned pot to get height.  

It doesn’t matter if the pots temporarily stand on the lawn or are placed on the patio, it’s all about creating an atmosphere in the garden so you can SELL your home.

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

Ah yes, we don’t use that bit of the garden – at all!

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!

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!


If you would like some more design advice for your garden…

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