7 Ways You Can Spruce Up Your Garden Before You Sell
Have you shaken off the winter blues and stepped out into your garden this spring, only to find it overgrown and messy? Cleaning up your garden can seem like a massive undertaking - especially if you're preparing the home for sale and have a hundred other things you need to do. Yet, taking some time to style your garden can really improve your chances of attracting more buyers.
Here are 7 outdoor styling tips for home selling that you can do even without a green thumb!
1. Lawn care
Winter can be cruel to your lawn, leaving bare patches and uneven levels of unkempt grass. Having a well-maintained and attractive lawn can significantly impact the sale of your home for a few reasons. Firstly, it adds curb appeal. Your front lawn is one of the first things people see when looking at your home. No matter how well-kept your home may be, if the lawn and garden is unkempt and unsightly, it won’t be inviting for potential buyers. Secondly, a nicely landscaped lawn can add value to the property.
First of all, you might need to use some weed killer to remove any unsightly visitors. To then revitalise your grassy areas, make sure to sow grass seeds, and add some slow-release lawn food. If your lawn is particularly damaged, you may have to re-turf. But remember that a crisp green lawn will be a real asset when it comes to selling your home.
2. Trim The Trees
It's a strenuous job, but those loose tree branches can be hazardous, especially with kids running around in the summer. Any low-hanging branches should be cut back, but check with neighbours and local councils if they reach over a fence - you may need to get a permit! Pruning back branches that block sunlight not only benefits the yard's appearance but also allows for better light penetration, maximising natural light in your home.
A well-maintained backyard with trimmed trees and landscaping can substantially increase the value of a home. Potential buyers often perceive a tidy, well-kept yard as a valuable asset, which can translate to a higher perceived property value.
3. Mulch Mulch Mulch
A great way to refresh plant beds and border your lawn with a bit of colour is to add some mulch. You can pick up many varieties at local garden stores and dispense it as you see fit! A nice shade to contrast with your green grass can make for a real eye-catcher for anyone who glimpses your lawn.
On a practical level, a layer of mulch helps suppress weed growth by blocking sunlight and preventing weed seeds from germinating. This reduces the need for constant weeding and minimises competition for nutrients among plants – resulting in a healthier, more attractive garden.
4. Herbal Remedies
By planting a herb garden or building your own veggie garden nice and early, you won't just have your seasonal seasonings prepared well in advance for sunny dinner parties - you'll be creating a beautiful look and a strong aroma around your outdoor area. Use a hanging basket if you are short on ground space, otherwise a wooden trough can make for a wonderful homely look for your herb/veggie patch. Visitors and buyers alike will be rushing over to get a taste!
5. Water Features and Focal Points
Consider adding a small water feature, like a fountain or birdbath, to add tranquility to your garden. If you have a pool and are preparing your property for a summer sale, give it a good clean and repair any cracks or damage to the pool edges or tiles. Upgrade poolside furniture with comfortable and stylish loungers, chairs, and tables.
Focal points, such as a sculpture or decorative element, can also elevate the garden's appeal. To further enhance your garden, install outdoor lighting to create ambiance and extend outdoor space use into the evening. Consider solar-powered or LED lights around the perimeter of your garden edges, pathways, seating areas, and pool.
6. Seasonal Flowers
Incorporating seasonal plants and flowers will instantly uplift your garden styling for a home sale. Focus on low-maintenance options that add visual appeal without requiring significant upkeep. Add splashes of colour with coloured pot plants scattered throughout your patio area. If you don’t have much space in your garden, think about creating an attractive border using climbing plants or miniature fruit trees in pots.
Focus on the front yard and entrance area. Incorporate seasonal plants in hanging baskets, window boxes, or along the pathway leading to the front door. A well-kept and vibrant entryway makes a lasting impression on potential buyers.
7. Professional Landscaping
If you have the budget, consider hiring a landscaper or garden designer for expert advice and assistance in landscape styling to sell your house. This can be especially useful if you have a large outdoor space or a sloped garden. Hiring a landscaper for styling your home before sale also offers the advantage of time savings and increased property value. They can tailor the landscaping to highlight your home's strengths and downplay any potential weaknesses.
Some of the jobs will be time consuming and annoying, but the payoff is absolutely worth it. A well-trimmed, perfectly laid out garden area is something every homeowner dreams of, and any potential buyers who see it won't be able to help but fall in love with it.
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