Gardens are too often forgotten in the race to make the most of a property, but their condition can sometimes be the deciding factor on value.
Gardens can make your home more attractive for selling
It’s a common-held belief that the decision on whether or not to buy a property is made within the first few moments of viewing it. The state of the front garden is therefore a prime consideration for anyone choosing to sell their home.
Drive-by desirability is all important as first impressions really do count.
Make sure your front garden is neat, tidy and easily maintained. Hanging baskets and flower troughs establish the cared-for look without creating too much work. Any lawn areas should be neatly trimmed, and trees cut back and controlled. A well-presented front door, with pots along side it, goes a long way towards generating a sense of welcome.
The back of the house is arguably even more important than the front, as this is where the most work is likely to lie. Today’s busy lifestyle means the majority of people don’t have much time to spend on gardening, so creating some low maintenance areas is invaluable. Decking, paving and woodchips can be used to differentiate areas of the garden and simplify them, often generating a very desirable ‘outside room’ space, which will be attractive to buyers.
Smaller and larger gardens alike will also benefit from the definition of specific areas for herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Those with larger gardens should try to create a sense of flow within the space, which draws the visitor in and avoids the garden area being perceived as an undefined ‘patch’ of land. This can be done using well positioned pathways, lawns, pots and flowerbeds.
Any trees and hedges should be kept under control and fences maintained.
If there is space, you could consider installing a summer house and a shed.
Improving your home in this way is a relatively inexpensive and often enjoyable method of boosting the value of your house, which will make it more attractive when the time comes to sell. It can also enhance the general streetscape and consequently the perception of the area as a desirable place to live.
This will raise house prices all round, thereby keeping both you and the whole neighbourhood happy!Welcome... as this was your first visit to our site - you can call us on 020 8341 6262 and register for our FREE 'Priority Buyer' service.