Preparing the Garden When Selling Your House
Are you thinking of selling your house? If the answer is yes, then you might want to check your garden first.
House Beautiful notes that a recent AXA Insurance study, claimed that “homes with well-kept gardens are believed to be worth £1954 more in value—over four times the £473 the average person spent on their garden in the past 12 months”.
Think of the Buyers
Viva Manchester in their article ‘5 Ways To Improve Your Chances Of Selling Your Home In The City’, advise home sellers to “make the garden manageable,” especially if the house is located in the city. The article points out that an unkempt garden turns off potential buyers, which is why many homeowners looking to sell should clean up their garden, and even “add a few hanging baskets and bedding plants to give it a splash of colour.”
Renowned gardener Alan Titchmarsh wrote an article for the Express, on how a presentable garden can help sell a house. Before giving your garden that final makeover, consider first Titchmarsh’s observation that non-keen gardeners “usually prefer a good-looking garden that’s quick and easy to keep tidy,” and that keen gardeners may likely be “looking for a blank canvas they can develop along their own lines.” Managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents Mark Hayward recommends keeping the garden low maintenance, as a garden that requires a lot of upkeep affects the “valuation price and saleability of the home.”
Keep in mind, too, that you are improving the garden not for yourself anymore but for potential buyers. So, do not renovate it based on your preferences. If you fancy a sunken bathtub surrounded by lush shrubs, that’s all well and good, but the next owners may not want that. Keeping the garden clean and simple will make it attractive to potential buyers who can envision their own ideas and save you money.
How to Improve Your Garden
Here are some tasks you can do to make your garden more sale worthy:
1. Tidy up your garden. Clean your garden by raking the leaves and getting rid of any garden rubble that has accumulated. Arrange everything in order too, from pots to implements. Get rid of hanging, obstructive branches and cut off overgrown shrubs and creeping vines. Lastly, anything that has no use or adds no value to your garden must go. They include unnecessary implements or furniture, dying or sick plants, and plants like the Japanese knotweed, a fast-growing plant classified as an invasive species. We previously mentioned that the Japanese Knotweed can “destroy, crack and penetrate anything that stands in its path, including concrete, brickwork and property foundations.” Any potential buyer who sees a weed like the Japanese Knotweed could consider it a reason not to buy.
2. Paint the fences. Garden fences need your care and attention too, so paint (or repaint) your fences to keep them fresh looking and easy on the eye. The choice is yours! Just remember that good quality paint is essential to accomplish this particular garden improvement. Aside from improving the look of the garden most paints can also help protect fences from damage. Screwfix features an array of fence paints on its website that are long-lasting and capable of withstanding the elements, including the freezing temperatures of winter. Keeping your fences regularly painted will also mean you won’t have to replace them when you are trying to sell your property.
3. Consider landscaping.. Landscape designer Welwyn Wong told the Ottawa Citizen that “curb appeal,” or a well-done landscape, adds much value to one’s garden. She recommends “professionally done landscaping that appeals to the general taste of most people,” noting that it “can add between 15 and 25 per cent to your home’s value and help you sell faster.” She advises home sellers to hire a professional landscape designer for this garden improvement, but is quick to point out that the costs for landscaping should be kept at, or lower, than 20 per cent of your home improvement budget.
The Complete Package
Selling a house is not easy, which is why it is important to make it as fresh and as presentable as possible. That means every area of the house and garden needs adequate attention—and improvements, if necessary.