When it comes time to prepare your home for sale, the focus for many vendors is on sprucing up the interior.
However, it’s also just as important to put some time and effort into making your garden appealing. With Australians spending so much time outdoors, an attractive garden, with dedicated space for relaxing and entertaining, can significantly boost the value of your property.
Some reports even suggest that nicely landscaped gardens could add as much as $15,000 to your selling price.
With the potential to earn you thousands, it is absolutely worthwhile putting in the time and effort to spruce up your outdoor spaces before selling.
1. Know your potential Buyers
When it comes to selling a property, you need to have a clear idea of who your potential buyers are. Knowing this will help you design an outdoor space to suit your buyer’s lifestyle.
For example, if your home is likely to appeal to a growing family with children, a large level lawn will be ideal for the kids to play.
However, if your buyers are likely to be urban professionals with no kids, a low maintenance outdoor space with areas dedicated to entertaining may be more appealing.
If you think your home is likely to appeal to retirees, then put time and effort into planting shrubs and flower beds that will appeal to those with a green thumb. Take the time to design an outdoor plan so you know exactly what you’d like to achieve before you get started.
If you’re unsure of who your potential buyers are and what they expect from an outdoor space, it’s a good idea to speak with a professional Mint Real Estate agent. They have a deep understanding of the local market and can offer expert advice on how you can meet buyers’ expectations.
They may also have connections with industry professionals who can help you with your landscaping improvements.
2. Cost-effective ways to make a big improvement
a) Tidy what you’ve already got
There’s no shortcut – start by clearing out dead plants and weeds. This alone can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your outdoor space.
b) Make the lawn beautiful
A lush green lawn is always appealing. Through regular fertilisation and watering in the months before listing your property, you’ll ensure the lawn is looking its best by the time potential buyers start inspecting.
c) Create zones
By creating dedicated zones in your garden, you help provide buyers with a clear idea of how the garden can be used. Zones can be created through the use of paving, garden beds, kids play equipment, or outdoor furniture. It all helps buyers envision how they would be able to use the space if they were living there.
d) Bulk up the plants
Filling up garden beds, especially around the perimeter, can make your gardens look well established and well-nurtured. If you’ve been neglecting your gardens for some time, you may need to spend a bit more money to buy mature plants. They will give an instant sense that the garden is very well taken care of. Bear in mind that the plants you select should be suitable for the dry Perth weather. With low rainfall, Perth residents want plants that don’t require too much water. Local nurseries are experts and you should consult them to find the right plants for your location.
e) Fix any wobbly fences
Old fencing that looks likely to fall down should be updated. A new fence with a hedge or tree line will make a big difference to your property’s appearance.
3. Update your outdoor entertainment area
Outdoor entertaining spaces are in high demand among buyers. Make sure your outdoor entertaining area looks its best with new furniture, cushions and plants.
If you don’t have a patio, veranda, or other dedicated entertaining area, you can create one relatively cheaply. By laying pavers in a corner of your garden, making a border out of pot plants, a placing a BBQ table with chairs in it, you will instantly create a dedicated space for entertaining family and friends.
How can Mint Real Estate help you?
With the potential to earn you thousands, making some relatively cost-effective updates to your outdoor space will be money well spent.
Speak to us at Mint Real Estate for advice when it comes to identifying the target market for your home. This will help you plan the right outdoor spaces to suit your potential buyers and get the most out of your sale.