Spring is now well under way, blue skies are making an appearance on a more frequent basis and activity in the property market is, as usual at this time of the year, starting to motor.
The better weather and longer days encourages more people to get out and about, viewing properties and placing offers.
In these warmer months, gardens can become a major part of a property seller’s sales pitch. But what can you do to make sure your garden space stands out from the crowd, enticing would-be buyers?
Below, using our experience as estate agents working across Essex and Kent, we offer some top tips on how to get your garden ready for a sale this summer.
A crucial thing to get right as, when the weather is good, people will want to sit outside in comfort, whether that’s to sit back and soak up some rays with a nice cool drink or for a social occasion with family and friends.
Young professionals and families, in particular, are two demographics that are likely to make a great deal of use of outdoor space in the warmer months, so if you are aiming to sell to this market then seating becomes an even bigger consideration.
Comfort and style aren’t always the easiest bedfellows, but with seating it is possible to achieve both. With a bit of clever shopping, high-quality, pleasing on the eye chairs and furniture can be sourced for prices that won’t burst your bank balance. Rattan cube garden sets are very in vogue at the minute, as are stylish daybeds and corner sofa sets.
As important as seating is a good-quality table, particularly for those buyers who like to dine al-fresco. The appeal of eating outside is that much higher when the weather is behaving itself, so investing in a good table – i.e. nothing cheap and plastic looking – is a sensible, cost-effective measure. It might cost you in the short-term, but it will be a valuable addition to your sales armoury when selling to certain demographics.
Using colours that complement the rest of your garden is well-advised when it comes to dressing your outdoor space. Earthy greens, browns, greys and light blues would be along the right lines, helping to give off a natural, rugged kind of look. Lighting also plays a part – flameless candles and lanterns are a shrewd (not to mention reasonably priced) investment.
If you have a part of your garden that you see as a major selling point – for example, a stunning water feature, a spacious BBQ area or a modern and functional shed/garage – then make sure to shine a light on it. Make it the centrepiece of your outdoor space. And, of course, make sure your agent sells its virtues to buyers when they come to view your property.
This won’t be for everybody, but if you have an outdoor fireplace in situ already – or the will and funds with which to install one – you should work your garden around this.
Outdoor fireplaces are uber trendy at the moment, up there with cereal cafés and salted caramel ice cream.
As such, they will have a big appeal to certain buyers, particularly those who have aspirations to be the next Delia or Gordon Ramsay!
Last, but by no means least, ensure that your garden looks the part. If it looks shabby, overgrown and unmaintained, buyers will be put off.
Make it look neat and tidy, plant a few shrubs or flowers, mow the lawn, and keep any decking and BBQ space in good condition. It could make all the difference to your sales pitch.
At Balgores Property Group we can offer expert advice on how to get your home sold this spring and summer. Contact us at one of our many branches for more information.
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