We may have said once or twice before but the importance of staging a home before viewings is vitally important; however, you may not be aware of the power of staging your garden too. With Spring (and a hint of summer today!) comes a great opportunity to let your garden do some showing off. In this article, we offer some great tips on getting the best out of your garden space and ensuring it appeals to buyers:
Consider who you are selling the property to
This is important as if you are selling a property for a family or as a starter home it changes the way you should stage a garden. A young family will enjoy lawn space as well as some patio or decking area for parents to sit back and relax. If your home is more for an elderly couple who may be downsizing perhaps, they will need a maintenance free garden and work your gardening magic to appeal to your target market i.e. your viewers.
Survey the garden
Instead of simply paying attention to the inside of the house, get outside and survey the area. Is it clean? Is it tidy looking? If you took photos now, would it look nice and alluring to potential buyers? If you have garden furniture, ensure it is in good condition and if it needs some refurbishment or revamping, get it done ahead of viewings. Don’t forget to consider the front and back areas as everything will be considered when buyers are viewing your home. The gates should be in good condition and the side entrance should be clear and clean of any rubbish.
Dirty paths look terrible so get a power hose and clean down all the path and driveway area. Check everything is in good condition and if things are broken, fix them. There is no excuse for long grass so pay attention to the lawn and cut it regularly to keep it fresh looking. Use a strimmer to cut away the nasty edges and remove any weeds in the grass too. Trim out of control bushes, take time to prune the flowers and clean the gutters. Scrub and re-stain garden furniture if required.
Break up the green areas
Make them look more appealing with pops of colour including garden ornaments, flower beds, water features and garden furniture. If the weather is good and will continue to be good, consider laying out nice throws or blankets on the garden furniture chairs, light a few candles and be creative with bird houses. Create a garden space that they can imagine their life being in.
Get the green fingers out
Flowers are beautiful and whether you are green fingered or not, prospective buyers will love to see a garden full of vibrant colour and life. Take notes on gardening and pick colours or size of flowers that will suit the garden. Place flowers in flower beds and pop taller plants behind the flowers to create a wondrous impression. It helps to have viewings when flowers are in bloom too! A few hanging baskets around the front and back doors can make a lovely impression too and once filled with colourful flowers they are pretty. Window boxes are another option if window space is ample.
Check the sheds and greenhouses
If you have a shed or a greenhouse, you’ll need to ensure it is tidy and fit for its purpose too. Give the garden shed a lick of paint to match in with the rest of its surroundings and stain other wooden items if required. Put away the barbecue even if you are currently using it, as they usually get dusty and might be in the way.
Now you have a garden that will sell itself as the perfect accompaniment to the home they are hoping to buy!
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