First impressions can make or break a property sale. Buyers get a gut reaction when they first view a house for sale, and if that feeling is a negative one it can permanently taint their enthusiasm.
Improving the appearance of the front of your house, even on a minimal budget, can induce buyers to be interested enough to check out the rest of the property, and the garden is an obvious place to start.
1. Take a picture
The first time most buyers will take notice of your house is when they spot it online, and the front of the house is most likely the first picture they will see.
Viewing your property in person is quite different from seeing it in photographs, so grab your phone and take a picture of the front of your house.
2. Prune and tidy
Many home buyers do not want to do a lot of upkeep for the garden, so make sure it looks tidy and easy to maintain.
Inspect your shrubs and see where they can be trimmed to create the best shape. Large shrubs can reduce the visual impact of the facade, and can lead to the impression that the property is of a smaller size and lesser value.
Remove any tree branches hanging over roofs and gutters and pull down any invading vines. Thoroughly weed the borders, and dig a designated perimeter around garden beds or use bricks, pavers, rocks or even garden edging from your local hardware shop to create a tidy, defined edge.
3. Disguise scrappy areas
Dark, dank areas in the garden are unappealing and can make buyers feel that there are problems to be solved or work to be done.
To brighten up dark or plain areas, try planting variegated perennials, such as hosta, cordyline and caladiums as the white or colourful edges on the leaves brighten up any dark garden zones.
4. Plant feature pots
Large tubs spilling over with lush and colourful flowers are so appealing to the eye. They create an impression of a well-loved and well-maintained garden. Best of all, you can take them with you when you move.