If you are thinking of putting your house up for sale, you’ve already invested into making the interior of your property look the best you possibly can. Maybe you have updated a kitchen or a bathroom, perhaps you upgraded the heating system or fitted new floors and freshened the paint job. However, home-buyers also take the outside of your home into consideration before making a purchase. First impressions are everything after all.
Having a low maintenance, clean and tidy garden is one of the most desired things buyers will look for when they’re shopping for a new home. If you’re looking to sell in a hurry, now is the time to improve the appearance of your outside spaces to make them desirable to potential buyers.
You may expect to get an offer sooner, but you may even find you increase the value of your home with having beautifully simple landscaped outside spaces all-around your property. We have put some simple tip’s together to ensure your garden is looking the best it possibly can.
Create an Outdoor Living Space with the WOW factor
A spacious garden is an ideal place to create more living space, especially if you have a small entertaining space within the home. Consider adding a patio or a decked area, if you’d like the space to feel cosier, you could add a retaining wall or use fencing to enclose the space. You could install a summer house or gazebo, the goal is to create a space where a potential buyer can imagine themselves relaxing or entertaining friends and family.
Make the space look clean
You would have spent a lot of time making the inside of your home spotless, however, you may be guilty of leaving bits and bobs out in the garden. If you have little ones who play in the garden, there may be playsets and toys everywhere.
A lot of clutter around might put off potential buyers, as they may not be able to visualize space in the best way, therefore it is time to clean up! Place any toys into storage such as a shed or if you are unable to store, simply just put all the item’s into one space nicely.
A tidy, clean garden and driveway are more likely to sell your home. Many weeds and overgrown shrubs could repel buyers. Not many people now have the time to get green-fingered and therefore would rather have low maintenance and clean space that is ready to go. In fact, 32% of buyers consider an unkempt garden to be a huge turn off when looking for a new home.
Before getting your home on the marketing and more importantly before any buyers come to view, take the time to remove any weeds from your garden. Using weed killer to avoid the weeds coming back into your garden. It shouldn’t take too long and it will completely transform the look of your home.
Keep Pets Out of Sight
If you have a dog or cat, it may be easier for viewing to take place, if they are not in the house. Buyers associate too many animals with a dirty home, and this is something you want to avoid.
Simply take your dog out for a walk or if you can let a neighbour watch them for a short time, whilst the viewing is taking place.
Add a Splash of Colour
Beautifully bright colours are known to evoke the feeling of joy and happiness. You can simply add wonderfully colourful flowers into your garden, by adding hanging baskets or planter pots. Just here and there, it doesn’t have to be too much.
Choose Flowers with Nice Smells
It’s a very known fact that when selling your home many people now try to create a homely vibe by brewing coffee and baking fresh pastries to appeal to potential buyers. However, have you ever thought about making your outside spaces smell wonderful too?
A vegetable garden not only brings food to the table, but it will also fill your garden with a delicious aroma. Tomatoes and snap peas are easy to grow. You can even plant mint or other fragrant herbs. Flowers are another great way to bring pleasant scents to your outdoor space.
Choose flowers with a soft fragrance to avoid hay fever, perhaps stay away from strong lavender. A fresh smelling garden is a wonderful way to sell any outdoor area.
Put some mulch down
Even if you don’t have a lot of free time available to renovate your garden, you can transform the way it looks by simply adding more mulch.
Not only does mulch fertilise the ground and surrounding plants, but it also helps to prevent weeds. Adding a few bags of mulch only takes an afternoon, but homebuyers are sure to notice the difference.
Depending on where you live, a home garden may be a huge selling point. If you live in a large city, for example, we consider a garden of any size a luxury. On the other hand, if you live in the countryside where everyone has a private garden, then it’s even more important for you to update and maintain the space.
Buyers are willing to pay more for properties with beautiful gardens. By taking the time to fix up your outdoor retreat, you’ll find that your home sells in record time.
Consider asking advice from a local tradesman on tidying up the gardens if wanting to achieve the best price for your sale.
Get Photographs Taken in Spring to Summer for Best Results
It is important to bear in mind in the wintertime, the skies are dull with grey hues, your plants & grass is looking rather underwhelming and this has an impact on the WOW factor of your home.
When potential buyers are looking at properties especially online or in the estate agent’s window, they will make up their mind in moments if they want to view the property or not. So it is very important to have the very best photographs of your home. Get the photos right and it could mean higher offers and a quicker sale.
That’s why having the very best photographs of your home is so important. Get the photos right and it could mean higher offers and a quicker sale. This is because first impressions really count.
You don’t need to have the estate agent take standard photographs, you can invite a professional photographer to come and take them, which usually includes an editing service to ensure the lighting is just right. Although, even if you have had the estate agent, yourself or a professional photographer take the photographs there are steps you can take to ensure the photographs really show your property at it’s very best.
Get the first impression right
- Pick a suitable time of day when there is good natural light around the property.
- Choose a day between Spring to Summertime which is bright and clear.
- Remove vehicles out of the site if possible.
- Remove any clutter from outside the property such as bins and hoses.
- Sweep driveways and paths to remove leaves and debris
- Mow the lawn
- Clean the windows
Set the scene inside
- Moving furniture around may help to make a room look more spacious
- Make sure your home is well lit, and replace any light bulbs that have gone out
- Open all curtains and blinds
- Fresh flowers help to breathe life into a property
- Clear all worktops and make sure there are no tea towels or chopping boards on show.
- If your bin is on the show either hide it or make sure it’s clean.
- Clear away unsightly appliances such as sandwich makers.
- Close all cupboards.
- Hide all fridge magnets.
- Clear the sink (no dirty dishes!)
- If you have pets, hide their food bowls and beds.
- Fresh flowers add a nice smell and colour.
- Remove scruffy throws from sofas
- Arrange cushions to look smart and tidy
- Set dining room tables
- Remove rugs, especially where you have wooden or tiled floors
- Any children’s toys or piles of magazines, DVDs etc should be out of sight
- Make the bed and choose bedclothes that compliment the room
- Anything stored under the bed should be completely out of sight
- All drawers and wardrobe doors should be shut
- If you have built-in wardrobes the buyer may want to look inside! Make sure the closest is as clean and tidy as possible.
- Fully clean the bathroom, leave window’s open and make sure the room smells really nice.
- Keep the toilet lid down
- Remove or put clutter like shower gels and toothbrushes neatly arranged.
- Any towels should be neatly arranged and folded and chosen to compliment the room