GARDENING guru Peter Burks* who advises the online garden centre www.potterandrest.co.uk based in Somerset is offering a whole host of tips for selling your home this summer (2017) by ensuring your outdoor area looks its best.
Gardens, patios and green spaces are now even more important than ever when it comes to selling property.
Peter says: “Having an outdoor area is an asset and making it look as inviting and appealing as possible will help potential buyers envisage relaxing, entertaining and gardening in the space too.
“Dress your outdoor space as you would dress your home inside. This will help any potential buyer to visualise how they would use the garden. Think about who is likely to buy your home and whether they will want to see a low maintenance entertaining zone, a family garden with space for a climbing frame or a plantsperson’s haven. Sometimes you might need to achieve a combination of these looks. Borrow props from friends and family to get the vibe you’re after.
“Some garden stores and centres will hire out plants for weddings and parties. So, if you have lots of viewing on one weekend, why not hire some potted greenery to give added interest, but be sure you know how to look after them, so you don’t incur additional costs.
“Just as you might have the smell of fresh coffee inside, ensure enticing aromas abound outside too by selecting scent-makers, one for each season, near your front door. You could also consider tactile planting schemes and installing items that will attract the buyer you’re particularly after, like garden lighting.
“If you have a large garden in a rural or suburban setting, then you might want to woo a buyer keen for the good life and pop some moveable raised veg beds in to show them there is space to grow their own.
“Small gardens and patio areas always benefit from having a minimal look to maximise the space, but a chair, with cushion, and table are always appealing, however small, and a few easy to tend pots look great too. If the weather is good, be sure to have a glass of something lovely on the table and an open book too!”
Follow Peter’s other handy hints below:
Keep things tidy
Whatever the season your garden or patio, front and back, must be kept as tidy as possible. In the autumn and winter, leaves and debris can cause problems. Do a daily inspection and sweep up anything you find.
All year round it’s really important to ensure flower beds are well weeded, use bark to help suppress the weeds and keep beds tidy, lawns must be mowed regularly and hedges trimmed. Front gardens are part of your property’s kerb appeal so pay extra special attention to them, especially if your home is prone to having litter from the street blowing in.
Remember to pop your rubbish bins somewhere unobtrusive so that they don’t ruin the ambience.
Ensure boundary fencing is tidy and kept in good repair too.
Cutting lawns in the summer months and tidying flowerbeds will also help make your garden look larger.
Dress your outdoor space
In the summer months, it’s easier to dress your garden for a sale by using props such as hanging baskets, pots of plants, furniture and equipment like barbecues. These not only introduce colour and charm they also help potential buyers envisage how they might use the space.
Keep everything in good order
If you have a shed make sure it is neat and tidy, with doors and locks working and woodwork painted/treated. With a greenhouse, even if you don’t use it, you do need to be sure there is no broken glass and it looks safe. If it is very derelict, then it may be better to remove it completely and use the base as a feature area for pots of plants. Oil any squeaky gates and again ensure with gates and fences that the woodwork has been treated or painted.
Get rid of the clutter
Clear out any outhouses, garages, sheds and greenhouses. Remove the debris and the clutter and be prepared to make several trips to the recycling centre/tip. Keep things in storage boxes and remove the dust and cobwebs.
Children’s and animals’ toys
These can be a bit of an eye sore so make sure there is space somewhere to store then away when potential buyers are coming to look around.
Give your garden a clean
Everything looks better when it has been cleaned. There are lots of specialist cleaning materials and tools available to get patios, decking and furniture all sparkly. If you have pets pick up any mess.