You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – but let’s face it, most of us do! First impressions count for a lot with most things and this is especially true when it comes to selling a property. If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, at a price to suit you, then first impressions are an extremely important factor. So it goes without saying, the interior of your property must be clean, tidy and presentable in order to create a positive impact.
Yet there is another important aspect of a property that is often overlooked when it comes to creating a good first visual effect; something that can add real value to the overall value of your home if utilised effectively. We are talking about your gardens here and, more specifically, the back garden.
Visual Appeal from Front to Back
Your garden, be it front or back, is more often than not the first thing potential buyers will see of your property. It is also quite common for buyers to visit a property (and the surrounding area) themselves before an official viewing, meaning the exterior of your home is massively important. Much like a poorly maintained interior, a messy and unattractive garden can be an immediate put-off and therefore can create a reason for the purchaser to barter on price.
Thankfully, there are some techniques and tips you can follow to ensure this does not happen and that your garden makes a positive first impression. Some of our tips will cost you nothing, others will involve a little expense; but they will all help improve the value of your home!
You can never underestimate the effect of visual appeal and therefore keeping your garden neat and tidy. It’s not complicated, just keep the grass cut and the weeds at bay and you’ll already see the difference. Get rid of overly large hedges, nettles or anything else that is overgrowing and making your garden hard to maintain. Think about it, the less hassle you create for your potential buyers the better. If your garden looks as though it needs work then this can lower the price of your property.
Most people would like to see flowers and colourful plants in their gardens to introduce a little nature to the surroundings. If your garden is a little boring, offering just a patch of grass or concrete paving, then some plant life can really spruce things up. It can be anything from a collection of shrubs to some beautiful potted plants – little touches like this can really introduce a new lease of life to your back garden.
Storage and Security
These two elements are extremely important for any area of the home and they can be achieved in the back garden via the purchase of a sturdy shed. You can build one yourself or pick one up from a local hardware store for next to nothing these days. The beauty of a shed is you can pick them up at little cost and build them yourself. On top of a garage (if you have one), this offers added storage and security for gardening tools or home equipment. Also, in terms of aesthetics, there’s just something about having a shed that gives a well-rounded and traditional look to any garden.
Wildlife in the Garden
Another attractive feature that can make your garden look impressive and add value to your home is a pond. These can be as small or as big as you like and can be designed anyway you want too. This provides a unique selling point for your property and a touch of elegance, especially if you incorporate some form of water feature. A pond welcomes wildlife into your garden too, both fishes and birdlife, to add a further element of naturism to your exterior. These beautiful elements combined add real value to a property and an added wow factor.
Create Unique Selling Points
These are just a few examples of how you can create unique selling points around your home. It’s all about making your property stand out from the rest and creating an unbeatable first impression. This will not only create a valuable prospect for a potential buyer but also accelerate a faster sale.