How Your Garden Can Help You to Sell Your Home

Can a Garden help to sell your house?
Added on May 7th 2016

 

How Your Garden Can Help You to Sell Your Home

When a house is up for sale, people focus on the interiors, and while these things are vital considerations, so is the garden. It’s the first thing a viewer sees and so has more impact than you’d imagine.

Here’s a few ways in which your garden can help you to sell your home.

Make that vital first impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so be brutal with your garden. Is it tidy? If not, spend a weekend raking, weeding and throwing out anything that you don’t use. If it looks like you care for your garden, people will assume you look after the interior as well. Think flowers, bushes, clean woodchips, neat garden furniture and brightly-coloured planters.

Style your garden to suit your audience

Families

You probably know your most likely buyer, so style your garden to suit them. If you’re aiming at young families, remove scruffy toys to maximise the space and make a blank canvas. Empty space lets people imagine their swings and scooters instead.

Young professionals

If it’s young professionals, they’ll want a low-maintenance garden they can entertain in. Decking is the ideal solution here and if you can include a pergola or chuck in a chiminea, even better!

Emphasise function as well as form

Everyone loves a good-looking garden – it’s relaxing and adds value to your home just on aesthetics. However, there’s a growing trend to have gardens work harder, with landscaping techniques that save householders money.

Planting trees in particular positions around the house can block winds, which prevent unpleasant draughts. This can mean winter heating bills are 15-20% cheaper and if you can prove this to potential buyers, you may seal the deal.

Additionally, if your garden is south-facing, invest in solar panels or an air source heat pump, especially if you have a “sun-trap” corner in your garden that still works well in winter. These assets will all work well in an increasingly demanding market.

 

 

 

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