Your garden is the first thing that potential buyers see. House hunters often only take 10 seconds to decide if they like a property judging on its exterior, so you need to make sure your garden, along with the house itself, leaves a good impression. In addition, according to new research published on House Beautiful, a well-kept garden can increase the value of your home by up to £2,000. Renovations and improvements don’t have to be expensive, because something as basic as keeping the lawn tidy can help entice potential buyers.
That said, if you’d like to go the extra mile, here are some of the simplest ways to improve your garden and help increase your chances of selling your house:
Give your garden a good clean
When potential buyers see a well-maintained garden, they associate it with an equally well-maintained house. The National Association of Estate Agents president Jan Hytch explains that a well-kept and beautifully designed garden is a real plus, saying, “It might add from 5 to 10% on the price of a house.” Your garden’s design can also affect the amount that you can ask for. If the outside ties in smoothly with the rest of the house design, house hunters are much more likely to be willing to pay more.
Make your garden as low-maintenance as possible
A beautiful garden can definitely catch a buyers’ attention, but a high-maintenance one might turn them off. After all, no one wants to spend too much time maintaining a garden that would cost them a lot of money in the future. To accomplish this, choose plants that are easy to take care of. Evergreen shrubs like lavender and euonymus are very sensible choices.
Invest in a sturdy fence
The right kind of fence makes a lot of difference, as it provides privacy, and safety for your property. Ideal Home notes that it also adds personality to your garden, as vibrantly coloured fences stand out, while recycled materials can blend in. While, the fences listed on Screwfix show the range of styles that can either make your garden feel more enclosed or more open. Your choice depends on your overall garden design, but no matter what you choose, a good sturdy fence is always a welcome addition.
Add an outdoor living space
Outdoor living spaces are great additions to your garden, but it’s important to design one that is realistic with regards to your home’s location. Buyers are also looking to use a house’s garden to unwind or entertain guests, so make sure you have thought it through — the focus could be an outdoor kitchen and dining area for BBQs and get-togethers or even a simple cosy retreat for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.
Check the view from the inside out
Remember that your buyers will also look at your garden from the inside of your house, so make sure that what they see will be something worth waking up to in the morning. Clear your windows of pots, hanging plants, or any obstruction if it doesn’t add value to your garden when viewed from the inside. You can use plants as transitions from one room to another, too. Add plants near doorways and passageways to make it look like your entire home flows out to your garden — a clever way to integrate your garden space into your home. That said, it’s also a good idea to make sure your front garden frames your house’s facade attractively. This makes your entire home feel more open and welcoming.
Whatever steps you decide to take in improving your garden, be sure to have a good balance between order and warmth. Remember, the biggest mistakes when selling your house are listed here on Saxon Shore, which includes heavily redecorating your home or over decorating your garden. It’s important to look at your home through a buyer’s perspective, and ask yourself what is unique and special about your home that would make buyers consider it. And with the tips above, your garden might just be the answer.