More and more people are investing time and money in the outdoor spaces around their homes, and there are many benefits to having a beautifully landscaped garden. Firstly, it looks nice. Secondly, it encourages you spend more time outdoors getting fresh air. Thirdly, it adds value to your home which is great if you decide you want to sell it.
Estate agents maintain that a decent garden which gets a majority of the day’s sun is a desirable feature for people when purchasing a house, and if it’s landscaped and well designed this could add an average of up to 20% to the value of your home. That’s a huge amount, and is surprising for a country where it seems 80% of the year it’s cold and raining (ok that might be an exaggeration).
Despite this, when selling a house it’s common for people to forget to spruce up their garden before potential buyers come to view it. There are a few little things you can do to make it seem well tended and tidy.
1. Apply a new covering of mulch. This makes your plants pop and the fresh colour brightens
2. Clean any water features such as ponds or fountains. Read our tips on how to do this here
3. Power wash patios and decking. There’s nothing more unsightly to a potential buyer than a green stained patio.
4. Shape overgrown trees. This can be done any time of year and will get rid of the dead branches and hanging leaves.
These jobs are small, but can make a huge difference in a first impression. Remember if your garden looks as if it needs a lot of work or maintenance, this could be a turn off to potential buyers, so these little jobs will go a long way to making your garden seem easy maintenance.
Also, long term costs and continual preservation can seem very daunting, and adding posh garden features such as a hot tub or a swimming pool may seem like a good idea, but actually this could have a negative effect. These additions come with running costs and are potentially hazardous to children, for example.
Another thing to ensure you think about is insurance. You insure your home, so make sure you include your garden too. A landscaped garden is an investment in itself, but what about all the tools you have, or your expensive new garden furniture? Perhaps you’ve just bought a new tree? (You’d be surprised!). Take the correct measures to keep your garden secure, and this will be a positive in a buyer’s eyes.