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Summer Sale – is your Garden Ready?

Thursday, 21st May 2015

Categories: Selling Tips

Author: Kris White

Torrential rain and gale-force winds aside, summer is on its way and the neglected gardens and outdoor spaces of London are being dusted off for the annual round of barbecues. But if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, you need to make sure you show off that all-important selling point to its maximum. Potential buyers won’t be expecting a show garden but they will expect to see a well kept and usable space where they can picture themselves chilling out with a cold beer – as oppose to a neglected, scrubby patch of earth that contains more weeds than plants. Here are five quick fixes that will help your garden to sell your house

Love your lawn
If you’re lucky enough to have a square of grass to call your own, now’s the time to rake, seed and feed it, so it looks alive and well for viewings.

Patio power
Patios, paths and decking tend to look grubby and unloved after winter but a couple of hours with a power washer will revitalise those unloved spaces. If you have the time and inclination, a quick coat of varnish on the decking, or paint on the front garden wall, will make all the difference for property photos and viewings.

Clear the clutter
Although the garden is often cited as an extra room, it’s easy to take this literally and use it as a storage space for toys and bikes, plus furniture that no longer has a home inside the house. But if you want to show off your outside space at its best, it’s important to clear it so buyers can see exactly what they’re getting. Fill the shed, stack toys neatly to one side or buy a big outdoor storage box…just get the clutter out of sight.

Fill in the gaps
Gardens should look their best in the summer but that’s only the case if you actually have some plants and trees to begin with. A collection of mismatched plastic pots containing unidentifiable dead foliage won’t show your garden off at its best. Invest in a couple of decent planters and some foolproof, hardy plants such as bamboo or Portuguese Laurel and you’ll have instant greenery and interest. The good thing about pots is that you can take them with you when you move.

Repair work
Not many fences will have survived the recent windy weather completely intact and a sagging or missing fence panel can be a real turn-off for viewers. Grab a hammer and some nails and take a tour around your perimeter making sure all panels are well secured.