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Make the Most of your Garden when Selling

Make the Most of your Garden when Selling

By Peter Barry

With property renovation, the garden is usually the last area that people think about or spend money on. In fact, it’s often the case that the money has run out by the time the outside space is even considered. Unfortunately, this is usually also true when it comes to selling a property. It’s easy to get so caught up in making the interior look pristine, spacious, well maintained and clutter-free, that the poor old garden is left to its own devises. However, the last thing you want is to wow prospective buyers with the inside of your property, only to see the disappointment on their faces when they step outside into the garden. Here are few tips for maximising your outside space, even if time and budget are an issue.

Have clearly defined areas

Whether you have a backyard or an acre of land, people like to see how they’re going to use the space. Create zones or areas for eating, entertaining, playing and planting.


There’s nothing worse than stepping over heaps of children’s toys, garden implements and overspill clutter from inside the house. A small garden will look even smaller if it’s filled with bikes and spades. If you don’t have a shed, you might consider buying one for viewings. Alternatively, a large, cheap storage box will do and they can hold a surprising amount. Stack bikes and scooters out of sight, or neatly against a wall.

Get green fingers

Weeds, overgrown grass and dead plants can be very off-putting, so don your gardening gloves and spend an afternoon outside before you book in your first viewing. It’s amazing what a difference a few hours’ raking and weeding can make. If there are big gaps or unsightly areas, buy some pot plants and place in them strategic corners of the garden – you can always take them with you. Lavender, mint and other fragrant herbs are hardy, aromatic and easy on the eye.

Dining potential

A table and chairs gives the impression of a sociable space that’s used for entertaining. It also helps to give the garden a focal point and a sense of scale. If you’ve never eaten al fresco, buy a second-hand dining set for viewings.