One of the best ways to add value to your home is to renovate or landscape your garden. These tips are here to help and will help you improve your outdoor space and increase your asking price.
#1 Define Your Lawn Edges
At the very least, make sure that you edge and mow your lawn.
Edging your lawn will make your lawn or garden look tamed and restrained, making it look like low maintenance, something that serves as an excellent selling point.
Creating edges is easy and is as simple as employing a sharp spade to cut neat separations between your garden bad and lawn, fence or path. Alternatively, you could use physical barriers like steel, stone, brick, or timber.
#2 Solve Your Problems With Plants
Did you know that you can address shortfalls like overlooking busy roads or neighbors in your property by planting-out your garden?
While your plants may not create a visual barrier, or offer any sound improvements at first, they will with time and the perceived improvement definitely be a good selling point to potential buyers.
Approach your local garden center for advice about your garden’s environment (that is soil, proximity to the coast, light, and shade). Remember, if you’re selling, your nursery could require mature hedging for more immediate results.
#3 Mulch and Weed
Mulching and weeding your plant beds can help give your garden a more well-kept and low maintenance look. Go for a utility mulch like forest fines or pine bark instead of typical “garden preferred” options like sugarcane and Lucerne.
Utility mulches are neater, considering that selling is less about functionality and more about looks. Carroll suggests that you avoid mulches that are so “out there” like dyed woodchips since they can put off some home buyers.
#4 Minimize the Number of Plant Species
Minimize the number of species you plant in your garden since too many will make it look hard to maintain. At the same time, fewer plant species give a garden a uniform look.
However, do not be too conservative when it comes to your options. Carroll suggests that you have some plant diversity since this encourages biodiversity as it extends flowering times, is good for local ecology, reduces pest impact and improves the overall look of your garden.
#5 Lay New Lawns
A plush lawn makes any home stand out. If you are looking to cover a significant portion and want an affordable option, then try Kikuyu. It’s about 50% cheaper than other options like Buffalo grass.
For instance, replacing 100 s/m of lawn in Sydney using Sir Walter, Kings Pride, Buffalo or other premium varieties will cost you approx. $.8.50/square meter while Kikuyu will cost you only $4.50/square meter.
If your lawn has browned off after winter (quite common with couch grass) or looks a bit patchy, consider oversowing it with a blend of lawn seed primarily made up of rye and fescue grasses. This will green up and thicken your lawn.
#6 Add Form and Color
Add welcoming plants that feature clipped topiary to your entranceways, and filly your garden pots with bright flowering perennials or annuals to give your garden an instant facelift.
If you’re selling, you could always carry your potted plants with you and place them in your new garden.
#7 Add a Water Feature
A water feature can be a beautiful focal point in the home and also a great addition if you’re looking to add value. It looks great and can really be a lovely addition to the garden space.
I would suggest you try soothing walls in this instance.
So what are you doing to improve your garden and get more from it? I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below.