Getting ready to gardenAfter spending all week cleaning, tidying and decluttering almost every square inch of your home, surely, you must be ready to sell. But have you really taken care of everything?

Chances are, the answer is no.

It’s likely that you’ve overlooked one of the most important, and most dynamically presentable attributes that compliments your property – your garden!

The garden is something that’s easily and most commonly neglected, as we spend most of our lives indoors nowadays. However, allocating even just a little time and effort can go a long way in terms of significantly boosting your home’s street appeal.

Not only does it make your home appear more ‘attractive’, a sign of well-maintained gardens, lawns and surrounds indicates that pride and care has been regularly taken in this home. This says to buyers that other areas of the home have likely been nurtured in the same manner as the garden, ultimately increasing buyer appeal.

Spending so much time on the inside of the house can make you easily forget about the yards and gardens – which are often the first aspect of the house potential buyers see.

Gardens promote a generally quiet, or relaxed place for family living, and regardless of the size of your garden, it can almost always be transformed into something presentable.

Keep in mind that a home is a lifestyle, so your property’s characteristics need to reflect that lifestyle in order to be able to sell it – including your garden.

It’s a good idea to go and stand on the street and look ‘into’ your own home. What do you see?

If you see an overgrown garden with lots of weeds, and neglected or outdated ornaments that have been there for decades, it’s definitely time to get to work!

Pathways are often not given much consideration either. Make sure nothing is overgrown onto pathways or any stepping-stone-like features you have at the back or the side of your house. These are usually forgotten about, until buyers turn up to inspect and can’t comfortably walk around your house.

It’s surprising just how much a front yard can influence the perception of the interior on a buyer – they start to wonder what else has been neglected.

Try to do most of the maintenance yourself, but if you’re unable to, hire some professional landscapers or gardeners to mow lawns, weed garden beds and trim overgrown areas. Even just simple things like this can make a world of difference.

Water the lawns generously in the weeks leading up to putting your home on the market, alongside pot plants or other garden areas inaccessible to rain water.

You could also buy some nice pots, using them as highlight features or to cover up unattractive pipework etc. The best part is, you can take pot plants anywhere, even to your new home after it’s sold!

Sometimes the problem may not be neglect, but rather you just haven’t filled the garden beds with any plants yet. Buy some cheap, quick flowering plants and really jazz up the beds, being careful not to go crazy and overcrowd your garden.

Embrace your garden’s potential and boost buyer interest!

Happy gardening!