When preparing your house for sale, you may have a long list of things to do inside the home; touch up paint, clean the windows, declutter etc., however it is important to also pay attention to the first thing potential buys will notice – the garden!
First impressions count and a well-kept garden provides an immediate impression to buyers that the owner takes care of their property. A little bit of planning and work will not only add to your property’s value, but can provide an appealing outdoor area that potential buyers can immediately imagine themselves spending time in.
Keep it simple
Landscaping does not have to be expensive or expansive. It can be kept very simple, neat and tidy with a freshly trimmed lawn, a few carefully chosen plants in a garden and some mulch and pebbles.
Stunning water features and complex garden designs have the ‘wow’ factor, but most people are just as happy with a simpler garden giving them privacy, shelter, the ability to personalise to reflect their own tastes, and one that doesn’t require a full-time gardener.
Enlist some help or go it alone?
You can either work directly with a landscaper, or draw a simple plan and head to your local garden centre.
Garden centre staff are often very well trained to provide advice, helping to eliminate the ‘trial and error’ aspect when gardening for a more cost-effective and time-saving solution. They should also be able to recommend particular plants that will thrive in your local environment, meaning the garden will continue to flourish after it has sold. If you are looking to sell your property soon, it would be worth purchasing established plants to create an instant garden.
Keep it looking its best
Once your property is on the market, you will want your garden looking its best the whole time, so also choose easy-care plants requiring minimal upkeep.
Also, consider the season. A stunning looking summer garden may look bare in winter, so decide how you want your property to look if you are looking to put it on the market in a few months’ time.
If you are pressed for time, employing the services of a local gardener to regularly mow the lawns and pull the weeds could be a good investment, to ensure the garden is always in tip top shape.
Harcourts South Coast is the largest and best resourced agency on the Fleurieu. We have a range of properties to match a variety of lifestyle and investment needs and would be happy to help you take advantage of the market conditions throughout the year.