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Gardens creating a welcoming ‘feel good’ factor convey the impression that the property has been well cared for. A poorly designed or maintained garden can have a detrimental effect on prospective buyers’ offers. Simple changes or additions can change the whole mood of the space and prepare a garden for a properties sale.


I am in the process of preparing my house for sale and have been browsing the list of properties I may be interested in buying. I’m amazed by the lack of effort made to present the garden as an asset. In many cases, a great deal of effort is placed on tidying the home, placing flowers in rooms, using items to convey a lifestyle that can be enjoyed…..even fluffing up cushions in readiness for the photographs, but no thought is given to presenting the garden. And yet, this is our potential buyer’s first connection with the property when they come to view.


 

First impressions are so important and creating a welcoming feel to your home can set the tone before the viewer steps over the threshold. I saw a photo of a lovely house, immaculately presented inside and the exterior freshly painted but the block paving drive beside the house was dirty and covered in moss which completely detracted from the house.

 

It can be difficult to make the garden look impressive in the winter or early spring as there little foliage or flowers on display, but we can make it look cared for. Although many people are not interested in gardening, the effort is usually made to maintain what they have inherited, or make simple changes to suit their needs. It is worth making a list of the tasks that are carried out and their frequency and then analyse if changes can reduce maintenance time. I spend around 5 days per year on maintaining my front and back garden as I removed the grass from these spaces and this can be conveyed to potential buyers.

Check to see if you have any photographs of the garden in summer that could either be used for the brochure or shown at the viewing. Preparing a mood board that displays the garden throughout the year, perhaps showing children playing or an evening BBQ, would illustrate a lifestyle that can be enjoyed and conveys the mood of the space that may not be apparent when the house in viewed on a cold, windy day.

 

 


A general tidy up outside is as important as inside, so cut the grass if needed and a very important tip, edge it, as clean cut lines catch the eye. Fork over any bare soil and remove weeds. Clean paving and remove moss or algae. Seek advice, if you don’t have the knowledge, about pruning as this could have a detrimental effect on plants if carried out at the wrong time of year. At the moment, a house can be on the market for some time and the opportunity to enjoy flowering shrubs throughout the year, could be lost if pruned badly. I have been very selective with plants when carrying out a tidy up for clients in preparation for selling, as it’s important to make the garden look at its best for viewing. The approach can be different to a more general maintenance visit for the given season as the priority is the immediate appearance. Finally, clean structures, furniture and if weather permits, add a splash of colour with placement of flowering or colourful foliage plants in pots around the entrance or to frame a view into the garden.

 

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