If you’ve been following the blog for a while you will have read about how homeowners priorities have shifted during the pandemic and how many people now want a home with a garden, or in close proximity to a park or other open green space. So this week we’re looking at how you can increase the value of your home by improving your garden, making your property more attractive to potential buyers if you decide to sell.
Gardens are often missed off the list when thinking about what we can do to improve or homes for sale, but it really is a good idea to focus on getting it looking good as garden renovations are usually relatively cheap (no knocking down walls or putting in pipe work!) and can improve your property’s kerb appeal instantly.
Even if you’re not planning on moving home just yet, it’s unlikely that you’ll be in your place forever and it is very good practice to make continual, gradual improvements to your property, rather than blitzing it al at once when you do decide to move. This helps to spread the cost of any work you do, whilst also making it less stressful when you need to move.
Here are a few tips for boosting your garden’s appeal:
Mow that lawn
First things first, keep on top of your lawnmowing and hedge trimming. Even if you’re not planning on moving yet, if parts of your garden are visible from the road, you don’t want to stand out as the house with the sprawling jungle growing in front of the windows! A quick mow will instantly make your space look lived in and cared for. Rake up any leaves and make sure that light to the house is not blocked by trees or shrubs. Also pick up any rubbish or broken fencing, etc that may be lying about.
Slap on some paint
Sometimes if you’re living in a place you might not always notice what needs doing and you may have got into the habit of turning a blind eye to it. Try pretending that you don’t live at your house and you’re seeing it for the first time. Cast your eye over your garden. Is there anything that looks dilapidated or unloved? If so either remove it, repair it, or repaint it. The difference you can make to an old fence, shed, garden gate or decking with a lick or paint or wood stain can be amazing and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
A pop of colour
Flowers and colourful shrubs can make your outdoor space look instantly appealing. Even in a small space, a planter or two can make a big difference. You can buy multipacks of bedding plants that are already flowering at most supermarkets and plant them out in a few minutes in order to create an instant flowerbed – along with hanging baskets and shrubs. Buying plants from supermarkets – or summer fetes – can save a lot of money. You could even choose a colour scheme that compliments your home.
A place to lounge
By creating an inviting outdoor seating area, you can almost create another room and showcase your home’s potential as a great place to spend time in. Some weather proof rattan furniture, a fire pit or barbecue area, even a summerhouse – if budget allows – can really turn heads and improve your home’s value and appeal.
If you’re not ready to move yet, you’ll also have a lovely new space to relax in and enjoy your garden until you are ready to put it on the market.
Garden sorted and ready to move? Give us a call to see how we can help with a free, no-obligation quote? If you need to store some stuff during the sale or the move, we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.