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Get your garden in shape before you sell

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No one needs reminding that we’ve just had the wettest winter since records began but if you’re thinking of selling your home, now is the time to peek out into your garden and see what damage, if any, the adverse weather has caused.

Now we’re officially in spring and the nights are getting lighter, potential buyers will want to see your garden. And, of course, there are the all-important marketing photographs that will be used on property details and on websites. First impressions count, so it’s worth spending a weekend in the garden tidying up before you invite an estate agent to come round with a camera.

We spoke to gardening expert Phil Barber, of BPP Gardening in Hungerford, for his top tips for anyone thinking of moving home.

“Gardens are a fantastic selling point, especially with summer on the horizon, so vendors should spend time of making their outdoor space as appealing as possible. The extreme winds and wet weather have left many gardens a little forlorn but a few hours of labour will give you a garden to be proud of. If your fence panels have blown down or splintered, this is the first job to attend to.”

Phil Barber’s top 10 garden tips for sellers

1)     Give yourself time and plan in advance – especially if your garden isn’t ship shape. Timetable all works, especially if you need to get a professional tradesperson in.
2)     As soon as it’s dry enough, keep lawns well cut – mow your stripes lengthways, as this leads the eye and makes the garden seem larger.
3)     Clearly define lawn edges and borders – use a strimmer to cut away overgrowing grass and a half moon tool to sharpen edges.
4)     Keep all shrubbery and bushes trimmed back to the edge of pathways.
5)     Clean decking/patio areas and weed pathways.
6)     Repair/repaint fencing, sheds and garden furniture.
7)     Ensure water features are running, ponds flowing and the water (unless a deliberate natural pond) is clear.
8)     Keep your composting areas tidy and well ordered.
9)     Freshen gravel driveways, replenish barked flower beds and repair damaged timber edging.
10)  Remember; make your garden flow so it feels like an extension of your property. Ensure ease of movement around your outdoor space and keep it neat so it looks low maintenance.

For more advice about selling your property this spring and a free property appraisal, contact the Jones Robinson Sales team on 01635 35010.

 


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