How to prepare your garden for sale
First impressions really count when it comes to selling a house and as the front garden is usually the first point of call for potential buyers it's important to present it well.
However if you're serious about selling your home, don't neglect the rear garden. You want viewers to be able to imagine themselves enjoying the outside space on offer, so it needs to really compliment the house or at the very least be a blank canvas.
In addition to attracting interest, a garden plays a role in the perceived value of a property and it can add value to your home.
What to do?
How much work you need to put in will depend on the time of year. Buyers are likely to pay less attention to the garden in autumn and winter so you can probably get away with some general garden maintenance like trimming hedges, removing dead leaves and cleaning any outdoor features.
Whatever the season, remember to keep boundaries in good condition; all fences, gates, railings and outside walls should be in good repair. Fix up any broken or damaged fences and re-stain if they're looking shabby.
In spring and summer you can really use the garden to your advantage. Even the smallest garden can benefit from some colourful, lightly scented flowers planted in borders, plant pots and hanging baskets. Mow the lawn regularly, keep borders tidy and free from weeds, remove dead plants and de-head flowers. If the weather is warm and dry don't forget to water!
Show off your assets
Knowing which way your garden faces is a great tip as this can be a key selling point. If you have a south facing garden then emphasise this to potential buyers. If it's a sun trap make sure you position your garden furniture to show this off and emphasise the best time of the day to enjoy it.
If you haven't already got a section for entertaining then create a simple seating area by buying some cheap garden furniture. All existing furniture, benches and sheds should be clean and if necessary have a fresh coat of paint or wood stain.
Don't over do it
Spending a lot of money on extensive landscaping is unlikely to warrant the cost and effort. However, it's surprising what some basic landscaping, gardening and furniture setting can do to transform the exterior look and feel of your home.
Be wary of installing expensive additions such as a swimming pool or hot tub in an effort to raise the value of your home, this is rarely the case. The added maintenance and cost associated with home pools and tubs can be off-putting to buyers.
Following these guidelines will help you to get your garden in peak condition and ready for sale.