With the weather (slightly) improving, gardens are bursting into life. If you’re thinking of selling your home, remember that first impressions are important. The state of your front garden is therefore a prime consideration. Make sure it is neat, tidy and easily maintainable.
Hanging baskets with seasonal flowers establish the cared-for look without creating too much work. Any lawn areas should be neatly trimmed, and trees cut back and controlled. A well-presented front door, with pots alongside it, goes a long way towards generating a sense of welcome.
The back of the house is as important as the front garden, as this is where the most work is likely to lie. Certain design strategies can help make your garden seem bigger. If you have a narrow or L-shaped garden, consider dividing into two areas and introduce archways which will make it seem bigger. Smaller and larger gardens alike will also benefit from the definition of specific areas for herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Make sure to keep under control any trees and hedges and if there is space, consider installing a summer house and a shed.
Improving your garden is a relatively inexpensive and often enjoyable method of boosting the value of your house, which will make it more attractive when the time comes to sell. It can also enhance the general streetscape and consequently the perception of the area as a desirable place to live.
This will raise house prices all round, keeping both you and the whole neighbourhood happy.