Plant a good impression in buyers’ minds

garden, gardening

16 Nov

When it comes to selling your home, making a good first impression is crucial. Colin Shairp, estate agent from South East Hampshire gives his top tips to ensure your home is set to impress.

It’s easy to overlook your front garden, but it could be more of an asset than you think. If you’re thinking of selling your home and want to make a good first impression, or you just want to improve its “kerb appeal”, giving the front of your home a makeover is a must.

Improving your garden’s appearance could add value but, more importantly, it will attract buyers and make your property easier to sell.

Keep it tidy

Tidy up – Particularly if either your own or nearby trees have left a swathe of leaves across the lawn. They might be great for kids to kick through, but not so much for prospective buyers!

There’s an alternative

If you don’t want the hassle of maintaining a front lawn, opt for low-maintenance alternatives such as gravel, pebbles or slate chips, all of which can be used to quickly cover concrete and crazy paving eyesores. When it looks tired, simply give it a fresh look within 10 minutes using a garden rake.

Outdoor gardening tools and herbs

Freshen up

Flowerbeds need a good “dead head” session at the very least – then turn the soil over, remove dead flowers, and add some life with evergreen shrubs.

Too much concrete is a no-no

A real negative is to smother the front garden in concrete, which looks very tired very quickly. Your neighbours may not be keen to see all the surface water running into the street instead of being soaked up by your lawn, so if you want off-street parking, use a gravel surface over a permeable membrane that lets water drain through but stops the gravel mixing with the soil below.

child watering flowers

Create an aroma

Scented plants such as lavender create the right aroma as visitors approach the front door – just as keeping the air fresh inside removes cooking and pet smells.

It is important to remember that first impressions stick, so potential buyers doing a drive-by before they ask for a visit will either be invited in or turned away by their initial glance. To make sure you leave a positive first impression, ensuring your garden is well-tended, easy to maintain, clean with fresh paintwork, and your windows are sparkling, all send the right message.

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