Refresh Your Garden for A Quicker House Sale
5th June 2023
5th June 2023
If you're looking to sell your property, you want to make sure that your home is presented in the best possible light. One area that can make a huge difference to the overall appeal of your home – but one which is often overlooked - is your garden.
In fact, a nicely presented garden can be seen to add 20% to your house value, with previous research showing that approximately 70% of home buyers would pay more for a property with an outdoor green space.
In this guide, our Devon estate agents have explored some simple and effective ways to refresh your garden and increase your chances of a quicker house sale.
Tidy up and declutter
The first step in refreshing your garden is to get rid of any clutter and rubbish that may have accumulated over time. This includes removing any dead plants or shrubs, clearing out any old garden furniture or toys, and giving your garden shed a good clear out. Once your garden is clutter-free, it will instantly look more appealing and spacious.
Get your lawn in shape
If you have a natural lawn, the state of it can have a significant impact on the overall look of your garden. Make sure you mow it regularly, remove any weeds or moss, and consider re-seeding or re-turfing any bare patches. A well-manicured lawn is a great selling point for potential buyers, so be sure to get the mower out for a quicker sale!
Consider low-maintenance options
Not everyone has a green thumb, and potential buyers may be put off by the thought of having to maintain a high-maintenance garden. Consider adding some low-maintenance options, such as artificial grass, gravel paths, or raised beds that require less upkeep. This will make your garden more attractive to a wider range of buyers.
Create a space for entertaining
There are few things better than relaxing and socialising in the garden during those light summer evenings, and having a dedicated space in the garden to do just this is a real point of appeal for potential buyers. A dedicated BBQ area, an outdoor kitchen or a cosy decked corner are just a few ways in which you can create an entertainment area in your garden.
Add some colour
Adding some colourful plants to your garden is an excellent way to create a more attractive and welcoming space. Choose plants that are easy to maintain and that will bloom throughout the year, such as lavender, roses, or pansies for a quick and easy way to brighten the place up.
Don’t neglect the front
The first impression of a property could make or break a sale, with a study from the HomeOwners Alliance finding a massive 68% of buyers said their perception of the property was swayed from their judgement of how well presented the home seemed.
So, while you’re tidying up the back garden, consider cleaning up the front to increase “kerb appeal”. This can include everything from washing the front of the property to adding some potted plants or hanging baskets to the entranceway of your home to add a splash of colour and create an inviting entrance to your home.
By following these tips, you can refresh your garden and increase your chances of a quicker house sale. Remember, a well-maintained and attractive garden can make a big difference in how potential buyers view your property, so it's worth investing some time and effort to get it looking its best – a little investment in the short term could pay off massively in the long run!