How to get a garden that helps sell your home: Top tips for your outdoor space to wow buyers
- A well-maintained garden is an important selling point for buyers
- An attractive garden could add £27k to the price of a property, research shows
- You don’t need to spend a fortune to create areas of interest in a garden
It isn’t just the inside of your property that is key when it comes to selling your home.
Showcasing your garden in its best possible light can not only ensure a sale, but add thousands to the sale price achieved.
A well-maintained garden could add as much as £27,000 to the price of a property, according to website Zoopla.
Looking after your garden: An inviting outside space can help to ensure your property sells
It claimed buyers are willing to pay £27,109 extra for a property with a garden compared to one without any outside space.
Zoopla’s Lawrence Hall urged those selling a property to make sure their gardens are properly maintained, saying they are ‘an important selling point for buyers’.
He added: ‘With the good weather set to continue, it is only natural that more people will be on the hunt for properties with outside space to enjoy the sun.’
Any overgrown trees need a house need to be cut back to ensure light floods into the property
Tim Wickham, of fixed-fee estate agents Yopa, agrees, adding: ‘It is well worth spending some of your time, and potentially money, on the outside of your house – particularly on the front garden.
‘This can set first impressions and help buyers decide if they want to go any further and take a look inside the property.’
Here, the Yopa agent provides his top tips on what buyers want to see in a garden to entice them to make an offer.
1. Ensure the garden is well-maintained
This means ensuring that any hanging baskets or flower pots are tidy and that the lawn is looking healthy.
Mr Wickham, said: ‘A climbing plant on the house, such as clematis or wisteria, which has been maintained over time, can be stunning and sell the property before the buyer has even stepped over the threshold.’
The climbing plants are an attractive feature of this five-bedroom house in Southam, Warwickshire, which is for sale via Yopa estate agents for £1.35m
The Warwickshire property has a pretty pond area in the garden, which incorporates a wooden swing
The Warwickshire property also has a pleasant lawn area in the garden
2. Add a point of interest
A garden with a swimming pool, garden house or even a garden bar provides an immediate ‘wow’ factor.
This six-bedroom detached house in Keston, Bromley, has several points of interest in the garden and is for sale via Yopa estate agents for £1.5m
The Bromley property includes a swimming pool and an outdoor bar area
The Bromley property also has a dedicated outdoors space for dining
Mr Wickham explained: ‘You don’t need to spend a fortune on swimming pools or summer houses to add an area of interest.
‘All you need is a dedicated sitting or dining area to set the scene where potential buyers can see themselves relaxing in the garden during the summer with a glass of wine.’
One option if you don’t want to spend money on additional garden furniture and you have a tree big enough is to consider adding a swing to provide a relaxing seating area.
This five-bedroom detached house in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, has a dedicated seating area in the garden and is on the market for £875k
There is a large dining area in the garden at the rear of the Gloucestershire property
3. Remove potentially problematic trees and plants
Overgrown trees and plants can look unsightly and so it is worth ensure they are cut back or even removed entirely.
Mr Wickham said: ‘If the trees are near to the house, they may also be blocking some of the light and so you can create a brighter interior by cutting them back.’
A word of caution here, however, as homeowners need to be mindful of any Tree Preservation Orders issued by the Local Authority.
No trees are blocking the windows at this property in London, which is for sale via Yopa for £999,950
The inside of the London property is light and bright due to the unblocked windows
How to make your home look good to buyers – and get it sold
If you are selling your home you need to make it look as good as possible.
And that starts before you welcome any potential buyers through the door, as to even get them to consider visiting it needs to look great in estate agent’s photos.
In a world where people go online to hunt for properties, how can you do that? In this excerpt from the This is Money podcast we give sellers some tips to make their home shine.