Lush gardens and immaculate landscapes attract potential home buyers. Upgrades to your yard and refining the setting of your home can not only improve the appearance of your yard, but add a great deal to the value of your home. A great garden can boost the appeal of an older home and help it sell.
The Importance of a Garden
Property experts claim that a garden or the outside space of a home is now the most wanted feature of home buyers, over having home security, the number of bedrooms, a garage, and even a good location. Young buyers in particular are most interested in having their own patch of greenery. Think of the garden as another room of the house and prepare it for selling in the same way as preparing the interior of your home.
How to Boost Your Garden
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Your lawn may be the most outstanding feature of your garden. To keep it neat and tidy, mow it at least once a week; fertilizer may give it an extra boost. Water regularly to keep it from drying out. Trim the edges, as well, to complete the clean look.
Weeds detract from the fresh look of your garden, so it is important to pull them from their roots to stop them from returning. Plant flowers where they add appeal. If you have a patio or porch, be sure to place pots of flowers to add texture and color to the outside space.
If you have any wooden structures in your garden, such as a shed, clean them up and throw out items you no longer need. Treat the structures with a wood preservative and stain to keep them looking fresh. You can also pressure-wash paving and patios to remove any algae. They will look cleaner and more attractive to prospective buyers.
Staging Your Garden
In the same way that a realtor stages the interior of a home, you can also stage the garden and exterior. Set the patio table with placemats, attractive flatware, glasses and plates, a pitcher of iced tea, and a colorful centerpiece to help buyers imagine a festive evening with friends. If you want to attract families with children to your home, place a baseball mitt and ball on the lawn to suggest an afternoon of family fun. Add a portable fire pit to help buyers imagine a relaxing evening watching the night sky while toasting s’mores.
Showing Your Home in Winter
To be sure that someone looking at your home in winter will see the potential of your garden, hang framed photographs of your garden to help prospective buyers envision its many possibilities. You can also prepare a computer slide show of your perennial garden and its trees in different seasons of bloom.
There are many factors that go into a home sale, and investing in your garden will not only add aesthetic appeal to your home, but can also add to your profit. The right buyers will appreciate the love and care you have put into your garden.