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10 Things to Do to Your Garden Before Putting Your Home on the Market

Published: 20/06/2022 By Gardeners Path

When you put your home up for sale, first impressions really do count. And potential buyers will definitely take notice of an unkempt garden! So before you list your property, make sure your outdoor space is in tip-top shape.

Make Your Garden Sell Your Home

A well-maintained garden can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home, so it's definitely worth putting in the effort.  Here are some tips for making your garden sell your home:

  • Get Rid of Any Dead Plants or Weeds
    Weeds can make even the most beautiful garden look messy and neglected. So make sure to pull them up before potential buyers come by. Dead plants give the impression that you don't care about your garden, and potential buyers may think that the rest of your property is also neglected.
  • Trim Overgrown Plants
    If you have hedges, trim them so they’re neat and tidy. This will give your garden a much more polished look. Not only does this make your garden look neater, but it can also help to prevent potential buyers from getting scratched or hurt by branches or leaves.
  • Edge Your Garden Beds
    This creates a clean and defined look that makes your garden appear well-maintained.
  • Apply Fresh Mulch
    This will help to suppress weeds, improve the appearance of your plants, and retain moisture in the soil.
  • Plant some Colourful Flowers
    Flowers can add instant curb appeal to your home and make it more inviting to potential buyers. It’s a great way to brighten up your garden. And it can really make a difference when potential buyers come by.
  • Add some Potted Plants
    Potted plants are a great way to add colour and interest to your garden without having to do any major planting. Some of the best and very resistant potted plants that you can put outdoors are:
    - Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): This fast-growing vine is perfect for hanging baskets or climbing up trellises or fences. It's also very tolerant of low light conditions.
    - Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): Snake plants are virtually indestructible, making them perfect for beginner gardeners or those with a busy lifestyle. They're also very tolerant of low light and can even thrive in small, cramped spaces.
    - Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Spider plants are another easy-to-care-for option that is perfect for those with busy lifestyles. They're very tolerant of low light and can even help to purify the air in your home.

Put Away Garden Tools or Equipment

Having neatly stored garden tools can make your garden appear more organized and tidy. They can still be visible or stored in a shed or garage. This will even create the illusion of a larger space.

Hang up some Pretty Lanterns or Solar Lights

These can add a touch of charm and romance to your garden, making it more inviting to potential buyers. Dwarfs,  fairies, and other such garden accessories can also be appealing to buyers.

Add a Water Feature
A water feature can add both visual interest and the soothing sound of running water to your garden. It can be a fountain, a pond, or even a simple

Make Sure Your Garden is Well-Watered
Having a green and healthy garden will help to create a positive impression on potential buyers.

Outdoor Furniture Matters
When you're selling your home, outdoor furniture matters for the impression you make. Here's how to choose the right pieces to appeal to buyers.
If your home has a patio, porch, or deck, then you have the perfect opportunity to show off your sense of style with some well-chosen outdoor furniture. But with so many different options available, it can be tough to know where to start.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right outdoor furniture for your home sale:
  • Keep it simple.
    Don't go overboard with furniture that is too ornate or flashy. Instead, choose pieces that are classic and understated. 
  • Make sure the furniture is in good condition.
    Buyers will be looking at your outdoor furniture as an extension of your home, so it needs to be in good shape. If the furniture is old or damaged, it will reflect poorly on your home.
  • Consider the size of the space.
    Don't try to cram too much furniture into a small space. Instead, choose a few pieces that will fit comfortably and create a sense of balance.
  • Think about the style of your home.
    Choose outdoor furniture that complements the style of your home. If your home is modern, look for furniture with clean lines and simple designs. If your home is more traditional, look for furniture with more ornate details.
  • Don't forget comfort.
    Outdoor furniture should be comfortable as well as stylish. Choose pieces that you would actually want to sit in and spend time on. 
  • Pay attention to the details.
    The little things matter when it comes to outdoor furniture. Make sure the furniture has well-made cushions and pillows, and that the fabric is durable and easy to clean.
  • Put your own spin on it.
    Remember that outdoor furniture is an extension of your personal style. Choose pieces that reflect your taste and personality.
  • Last but not least, make sure to keep your garden and your backyard clean.
    This means picking up any leaves or debris that may have blown in. It also means sweeping the sidewalks and patios. 

A tidy garden will definitely make a good impression on potential buyers!

For more tips and advice on all things gardening, please head to Gardener's Path.