Homeowners looking to move house in 2022 have been urged to consider six ways gardens can make properties more sellable. Garden experts from BillyOh.com have offered advice on how to change your home's outdoor areas to make it more attractive to prospective buyers.
A smart and tidy garden that is also low maintenance could make or break a potential buyers' decision to purchase your home.
Privacy and size are also important factors which should be considered, as an overlooked garden which doesn't offer much private space is often an immediate turn-off.
A spokesperson for BillyOh.com said: "A garden, specifically the front one, is the first impression any prospective buyers of the house will get."
"Treating the garden like any other room of the house will help you make sure it's working in your favour when the viewings start coming in."
"Although your garden may seem perfect for you and your family, you need to look at it objectively to see what an outsider would think."
Here are Six Top Garden Tips to make your house more sellable:
If there are piles of rubbish everywhere, this may cause prospective buyers to think this is reflected on the inside of the house. Giving the fence and any furniture a fresh lick of paint will help the space look more welcoming, as viewers visualise themselves and their family in the space.
2. Low maintenance
A low maintenance garden is something which will help sell the house. It means it's easier for the new owners to put their own identity on the space. Tiered gardens can often put some buyers off, along with big trees which could potentially cause a problem with foundations later down the line.
If hedges are all trimmed back and neat it will help the space look bigger. Hedges also frame the garden but ensure they don't look too daunting as you don't want to offload a large gardening task onto the new owners, who may not be sure on how to look after them.
No one likes an open garden where all the neighbours can look in. Consider putting up fences or maybe some high hedges to ensure the garden feels like a private extension to the house. An arbour over a seated area could also work for gardens in higher built up areas.
A big, easy to maintain garden is something which many buyers will be looking for. You can make your space immediately look bigger by taking down any children's toys such as swings or trampolines. You could even consider moving any sheds or greenhouses to ensure the space looks as spacious as possible.
Remember that your garden is not just about the grass and flowers, but also the paving, decking and any other features that come with it. Make sure these have been power-washed down and look clean, and that any cracked paving stones have been replaced.