HOMEOWNERS want to make sure their house is as valuable as possible – particularly if they’re thinking of selling up.
A quick and easy way to boost the price of your home is by making some tweaks to your garden.
The outdoor experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk revealed their pro tips to help people spruce up their outdoor space when putting their home up for sale.
As the housing market currently faces buyer difficulties, transforming an outdoor space is one of the most effective ways to make a house stand out from the rest of the competition.
There are various ways to spruce up a garden, from simple jobs such as clearing up weeds and debris, to putting in the work by adding a patio space which can greatly boost the value of a home.
A spokesperson for Garden Buildings Direct said: “Updating your outdoor space to fit what a buyer is looking for can be a tricky task if not thought out carefully.
“With the state of the housing market leaving sellers in a slight state of panic, it’s important to explore different ways to update your outdoor living space and make your home stand out for potential buyers.
“Simple tasks such as cutting the grass down to two and a half inches, as well as giving the fence a fresh coat of paint, can transform your garden into a buyer’s dream.”
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Here are their top five expert tips…
Clear up the weeds
The experts said: “Start by digging up the weeds that may have been left to overgrow while the rainy weather has taken over.
“Mulch is also a great way to control excessive weed growth and, if applied correctly to overgrown areas, it can instantly improve the look of a garden.”
Mow the grass
The pros at Garden Buildings Direct said: “This is a simple task which can often get overlooked, but it’s vital to make sure the garden has a clean appearance to attract potential buyers.
“If the grass is neat and cut down to around two and a half inches, then it shows that the space is well maintained and means less work for the new owner to put up with.”
Complete unfinished work
The experts said: “When people are coming to visit the property, unfinished work can stick out like a sore thumb.
“Make sure there’s no rusty nails sticking out of the garden shed or, if an outdoor building is incomplete, get on top of repairing it before putting your home on the market.
“Buyers won’t want to inherit the projects you didn’t finish!”
Dress up outdoor furniture
The professionals said: “Having outdoor furniture is typically a must-need for outdoor lovers who want to make the most of relaxing in their back garden.
“To improve any existing furniture, add some pillows to brighten up the space.
“If the furniture is worn out, either hide the unpleasant seating areas with a lightweight blanket or replace the guilty furniture entirely.”
The gardening experts said: “Apply a fresh coat of matte black paint to your fence to enhance a modern look in the garden.
“You could take this further by placing some fairy lights around the fences to create a cosy atmosphere and add a homely touch to the outdoor area.
“Buyers will feel the cosiness themselves and want to spend more time there.”