First impressions are important, especially when it comes to selling your home. More often than not it will be the garden that a potential buyer will see first, so ensuring your outdoor space has that wow factor is crucial.
This week’s Tuesday Tips explores some ideas on how to maximise whatever outdoor space you may have with minimum effort:
- A dull garden can be instantly, and relatively inexpensively, lifted by planting some colourful bedding plants that you can purchase from a local garden centre or nursery. Remember to remove the weeds and dead flowers whilst you’re planting the fresh ones!
- A lawn is the most desired garden feature by home hunters but a patio or place to sit isn’t far behind. If you don’t have the facilities to have grass then it may be worth laying down decking to give the garden some versatility.
- We all know that kids can be messy, but be sure to tidy away garden toys before viewers come to see your home. Not only do they look unsightly, they can be a serious tripping hazard.
- The same applies for waste and recycling bins. Although it’s a great sign that you are an eco-warrior, aesthetically they’re not very pleasing. Also ensure that none of the bins are over-spilling with rubbish, this will attract flies and give the garden a dishevelled look.
- If you have viewings on sunny days be sure to set up any garden furniture you have. Not only will this brighten up the garden, it gives the potential buyer an idea of what they could use the space for.
- If you don’t have a garage or a shed, it might be worth buying a garden storage unit to keep everything tucked away neatly. Storage ideas vary in size and price and are available to buy online or at garden centres.
- If possible, plan ahead and ask for your estate agent to take photos of your garden mid-summer when it’s usually peak time for outdoors. Even if you decide to sell your home in the winter months featuring summer time shots of your garden will have a more positive impact on potential buyers.
- Many homes don’t come with large outdoor space, but it’s always encouraging for potential investors to see that even small outdoor spaces can be used productively. Folding furniture is a fantastic space saving idea for small areas as it can simply be tucked away when the space is needed for alternative use.
- A lick of paint to your garden fence can make a huge difference. Choose a nice day to freshen up the paintwork and you might find it’s a fairly therapeutic task as well!
- You might also share a communal garden space with neighbours, so make sure that this too is in tip top condition before showing it to potential buyers – regardless whether you ever use it or not.