Thinking about putting your house on the market? Plants and garden landscaping can often be overlooked in the sale process. A potential buyer’s first impression of your home is your front yard and having a well maintained, attractive garden will be the first step to encouraging them to look at the rest of your home. Buyers might think if you don’t take care of your plants and flowers, then you might not take care of the rest of the house.
Prepare your garden a month before you start showing your home and this will give any new plants or flowers time to settle in and not look like you have just rushed out on the weekend and bought any plant that you could find!
2. Walk the streets
Before you start, take a walk down your street (on the same side of the street as your house) and have a look at what plants and flowers look good in and are flourishing in your neighbours yards. Looking at only your side of the street is best as the houses will all face the sun in the same direction.
3. Take a look
Step back and have a good look at your garden, see what looks messy and could do with a trim and tidy up. If you plan on taking any plants with you to your new home, this would be the best time to take them out so you don’t have to fill the gaps at the last minute.
4. Seek professional advice
Really have no idea where to start? Maybe take a picture of your garden and take it to a garden centre and ask for advice. This can take some of the stress out of not knowing what plants to use and they can advise you on the best way to fill a garden without too much expense!
5. What’s in season
Sticking with annuals (flowers and plants which are in season) is a great idea as they should take well in your garden and look healthy. Mix in good nutrients in the soil before planting as well.
6. Garden path
Define a garden path and make the journey to your front door more appealing. Mondo grass can work well in this area. Clean up any borders to make sure you have flowing lines ( and no weeds).
7. Consider screening
Using screening plants either in soil or in pots placed along your front fence can look effective, as well as giving a sense of privacy. If your street has heavy traffic, this can help with some of the noise too. Bamboo or Juniper are great plants for screening. Just remember to buy larger, mature varieties if you have a small time frame before your house goes on the market.
8. Be mindful
Make sure you don’t go overboard with small flowers or too many colours. Larger plants could be more economical in the long run. What looks like a large array of flowers in your trolley at the garden centre can actually take up less space once they are in your garden and then you’ll be popping out for more to fill the gaps.
9. Mulch it up
Mulch can work wonders in bare patches, giving your garden a sense of being full and complete.
10. A colourful welcome
Placing groups of flowers in large pots by your front door can give a sense of arrival at your front door and encourage the potential buyer to step into your house. Having some fresh cut, lightly scented flowers in vases on a table inside your door can also be very inviting.
The key is to make your garden look like it’s low maintenance while still looking interesting and well maintained. Do this, and you will have buyers eager to see what lies inside!
Need a hand ? Sapphire Property Styling has a Gardening, Cleaning and Maintenance service on hand to take the pressure off doing it all yourself. Please contact 0481 508 931 or email email@example.com for a free no obligation quote and/or for some professional advice on where to start.