First Impressions Count

Posted on Friday, 22 April 2016 Posted in Property by Victoria Pinkerton

First Impressions Count

 

 

 

 

 

Your front garden is likely to be the first thing that a prospective buyer will see. Make sure that the first impression is a positive one. A well-presented interesting garden will add value to your property, a little work and investment now could mean that you achieve a quicker sale and the best possible price for your house.


1. Remove rubbish:

We all have stuff we don’t want or need, but don’t use your garden as a dumping ground. A rubbish pile is not an attractive start to a prospective purchasers viewing experience.


2.  Keep pathways and patios clean and clear:
Viewers don’t want to be walking gingerly, ducking under shrubs and trees or stepping over stuff when trying to view your garden. If you have slippery pathways clean or power hose them down, trim branches and tidy away unwanted items.


3.  Keep lawns well maintained:

Don’t leave the grass until it looks like a field and then panic and cut it right down so that it then looks yellow and half dead. Try and keep the grass cut regularly, once a fortnight throughout the growing season should be suffice.


4.  Maximise space:

Overgrown hedges, lawns and shrubs can make a good sized garden feel cramped. Keep hedges trimmed and shrubs pruned where appropriate.|


5.  Show off the best features in your garden:
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Some properties enjoy views, have a sunny spot or a relaxing seating area. Try to draw attention to these as much as possible – let your viewer picture themselves living there.


6.  Weed:

When weeding make sure that you dig up the roots where possible as weeds will be back with a vengeance if you leave their roots in. Once you have cleared the weeds keep on top of them. It’s not a nice job but an important one.


7. Plant:

Once you have weeded invest in some plants to fill the area. Large areas of bare soil look unsightly. Make sure you keep new plants well watered until they are established.


8. Maintenance:

Its time to do all the jobs that you put off over the winter. Fix lose paving, wobbly fencing, clear drains and gutters. A well maintained garden reassures potential purchasers that the property has been cared for.


9. Light:

Badly positioned or overgrown trees and plants can block light from your home making it feel smaller and darker. Work done in the outside can change the feel of your house inside.


10.  Pets:

We all love them but clear up after them. If you have dogs or cats make sure that you pick up their mess. Where possible try and ensure that your pets don’t wee on the lawn as this will make the lawn look patchy.



Good luck, and remember - FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT!