Selling a home can be a challenge. Selling a house with a garden? That's a whole different can of worms!
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Gardens are fragile and can easily make or break your sale. Homes are being staged for buyers, so it only makes sense that you should do the same for your yard. Paying attention to small details can mean the difference between closing and abandoning the sale and the amount you get for it. In this article, we're going to examine some tips to help homeowners with gardens get the most out of their sale:
Keep your lawn clean
As a garden owner, the chances that you will have a lawn are very high. The first step in preparing a sale is keeping your lawn clean. Your lawn is one of the first things your potential buyer will see, and they will have a significant impact on their decision making. Mow your lawn, trim the hedges, and clean up any bushes. If there are bad looking plants, swap them out for fresh looking ones. Make sure your garden looks fresh and colorful at all times.
Make sure your fence is neat
The fence is one of the most ignored parts of the home. If you are trying to make a sale, you cannot afford to make this mistake. It is usually easy to clean up your fence – your side, at least.
Check your neighbor's garden
If you have a garden, your neighbor likely has one too. The shape of your neighbor's garden has a significant impact on your sales opportunities. This is because many homebuyers are aware of how their neighbors' habits can affect them. Several potential buyers have reported not buying a property because they were unfamiliar with some of the neighbor's habits. If you notice your neighbor has uncut lawns and a rough fence, be sure to mention this to them. You can also offer to clean up their garden as long as it helps your sale.
Flowers can do a lot for the aesthetics of your garden, even if it's not a flower garden. Add some plants in strategic places in your garden that can greatly improve visibility. When your open house is getting a lot closer, you can go for ready-made potted plants. Regardless of what you choose, you can't go wrong with flowers.
Tidy up your garden furniture
Garden and patio furniture is one of the most important things people pay attention to. Not having it might not be a problem, but when you do they want to know it is appropriate to use. Homeowners are likely to inspect patio furniture as closely as they do indoor furniture. You may need to spray paint your patio furniture or even buy a new one. Fortunately, they're inexpensive and easy to replace.
Clean up your shed
A shed may be required depending on the size of your garden. The shed houses all the tools and equipment that are used in the garden. Keeping the shed in good condition will add to the aesthetics of your garden. A poorly maintained garden is a sign of bad things. Since they are not safe enough to hold on to, they can usually deteriorate into huts that need to be knocked down. Cleaning up your shed can help calm your potential buyer's heart.
Remove problem plants and trees
Some plants can find their way into your garden and cause problems for you and the future owners of the home. If you are keeping a home for resale purposes, watch out for these problem plants. One example is Japanese knotweed. It is incredibly difficult to get rid of and can be a threat to any building. It can infiltrate drainage systems, garden walls, and even the foundations. If you have trees in the garden, you also need to be careful with their positioning and assess the threat they pose to the home. Home buyers may have to pay for certain trees to be removed if they believe it will affect the structural integrity of the building in the future.
Install water features
Water games are the ultimate cheat to spice up a garden. You can transform a garden from a cluster of shrubs into a small oasis. Options range from fountains to ponds, streams, cascades, and waterfalls. Water features also attract some wildlife, which can be a good thing. You don't have to do anything massive either, so you don't have to break the bank. Most experts recommend having something small and fine, but aesthetically pleasing. It makes the garden even quieter and more relaxing.
Don't be afraid to put on a display
The best way to sell your garden is to think about it. When you have greatly improved your garden, let buyers know. For example, sustainability features like water collection systems and water saving systems can have a positive impact on the opinion of your potential buyers. You can go so far as to include them on your advertising poster. If you have an orchard or vegetable garden, you can display part of your harvest in the kitchen when you receive visitors. Showing off the proceeds from your garden will definitely send a positive signal to any gardening lover.
A garden is an essential asset for any home. However, this comes with maintenance costs. Keeping up with the maintenance of your garden can ensure that you don't have to invest a lot to keep the property looking beautiful when you have to sell it. However, combining some of the tips highlighted in this post can work wonders for your garden. Maximizing the potential of your garden can be key to unlocking a higher premium on your home sale.