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Eight ways to prepare your garden for sale

Thu 26 April 2018

Putting your home on the market this spring? When it comes to viewings, what's on the outside can be just as important as the inside, so make sure you bear in mind these eight ways to prepare your garden for sale. With National Gardening Week taking place from Monday 30 April to Sunday 6 May, now is the perfect time to make a start:

1. Kerb appeal

First impressions are everything so don’t overlook your front garden, as modest as it might be. Sweep the path, trim the hedges and add some colourful pots to your doorstep. This will also pay off in your professional photographs. 

2. Smarten up your lawn

Find a dry day to cut the grass, trim the hedges and tidy up any bushes. As simple as this might sound, don’t always assume that your potential buyers will have the vision to look beyond an overgrown lawn. 

3. Keep it modest

When it comes to adding colour and interest to your garden before a sale, pots, hanging baskets and simple borders are the best way to go. Fill your garden with too many high-maintenance plants and trees and you’ll risk intimidating those buyers who do not possess the skills, physical ability or inclination to be as green-fingered as you.

4. Set the scene

If the weather’s being kind, set up your garden furniture, “dress” the table with a few glasses and candles, light the chiminea or patio heater and put up the parasol. Setting the scene will help buyers imagine their future family BBQs in this space. 

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5. Weeds be gone

Cracks between paving and at the edges of paths and drives are often colonised by unwanted vegetative growth. This can make the area unsightly, unkempt and slippery when wet. Narrow-bladed weeding tools can be an effective way of removing these, but flame weeders, contact weed killers and glyphosate-based week killers can also be considered.

6. Tidy up

Just as you wouldn’t leave children’s toys scattered about the living room, make sure your lawn is free of tennis balls, dog chews and plastic cars. Larger equipment such as swing sets and trampolines can be left in situ if in good condition and remember to include these items in the price if you are willing to sell them to the buyer. 

7. Paintbrush at the ready

A fresh coat of paint will go a long way when it comes to making your shed, decking and garden fence look smart, sturdy and well-cared for. It is also one less job for the buyer to face as soon as they move in. Cuprinol helps protect against decay, mould and fungi and comes in a range of colours. 

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8. Light it up

Present your garden as an inviting place to be at any time of day or night by adding sensored floodlights, solar lights, uplighters for trees and pretty lanterns. Don’t forget to remove any leftover festive lighting while you’re at it!

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