If you're getting your home ready to sell, then there will come a point when you have to decide if your garden needs work. An attractive garden makes people feel better about properties; a neglected garden is less attractive. If your garden has been much loved and much used by you and your family over the years, then it may look worn and jaded. What can you do to spruce it up?
Clear the Garden
If you have a lot of stuff lying around your garden, then clear it away. You'll then be able to see how the garden looks when you and your family haven't left your mark all over it.
Put away things like bikes, garden toys and games, random chairs and loungers, and odd bits of gardening equipment you've left out. If you don't have storage space for them in your shed or garage, then pile them neatly somewhere away from the main part of your garden.
Do a Basic Tidy
Once your garden is clear, take a hard look around to see what needs tidying up. For example, do the following jobs:
- Mow your lawn
- Get rid of any weeds on your lawn, flowerbeds or deck areas.
- Cut back bushes or shrubs that look untidy.
- Clean up any leaves or debris that have settled in your garden (and your pool if you have one).
Once you've done these jobs, try to look at your garden like you've never seen it before. If you spot areas that still don't look so good, then deal with them.
Spruce Things Up
If your kids have been running all over your lawn for years, then it may have worn patches that make the grass look bad. If your lawn is in a sorry state, consider laying new turf. While this will cost you money, it may be a worthwhile investment. If a lush looking new lawn makes your garden look great, then you may make a quicker sale at a higher price.
It's also worth looking at areas like decking, fences and sheds. If they look tired, then a coat of varnish or paint could get them looking like new again.
If you don't have time to work on your garden or can't decide if you've done enough to make it shine, then call in a landscaping company. They can look at your garden with fresh eyes and will have the experience to recommend ways to make your garden help sell your house.