Would you choose your next home based on the garden alone? With Spring approaching it's a question worth considering, especially if you're a seller looking to add easy value.
According to Right Move, 90% of home buyers believe that a good garden can sway property value from anything up to £15,000 - a little pruning can go a long way! With this in mind we've collated some handy tips for making your garden work that little bit extra for you when it comes to signing on the dotted line.
- The Spring market is all about the getting your garden to look its best so, prune, trim and landscape.
- Don’t underestimate the value of a freshly mown lawn! Trim the edges too so it gives a neat and tidy appearance. But wait until the weather brightens as mowing when it’s wet can cause damage to the turf.
- Keep your front garden tidy and well presented. Remove leaves and other debris from the path and grass.
- Consider investing in a trellis or a fence to conceal your wheelie bin.
- Add hanging baskets and seasonal plants to add seasonal colours.
- Scrub paths and pressure wash patios and terraces to make sure they are as fresh looking as possible.
- Replant any pots to provide seasonal colour or hide them if they are looking dead and neglected.
- Remove all perennial weeds. If you can’t uproot them, then take the tops off.
- Use decorative bark on flowerbeds. It looks tidy and is actually good for your garden.
- If your garden furniture is looking a little tired, either tidy it away, give it a lick of paint to spruce it up or replace it.
- Long-term garden problems should be fixed before you put your house on the market.
- Uneven paving, a dishevelled shed and overgrown climbers should all be tended to.
Lastly, think about adapting your pitch to the person viewing your property. It seems simple, but if they are gardeners, tell them what you’ve done to improve the garden over the years. If it’s a busy family, make sure you point out any low maintenance aspects of the garden.
Follow these points and you should be well on the way to adding some serious value to your property. Good luck!